Yun-Feng Cao

Liaoning Medical University, Liaonan, Jiangxi Sheng, China

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  • Da-li Meng · Li-huan Xu · Chao Chen · Dan Yan · Zhong-ze Fang · Yun-feng Cao
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    ABSTRACT: Stauntonia brachyanthera Hand-Mazz., an evergreen shrub belonging to the family of Lardizabalaceae, is traditionally used in China to treat various diseases. Its fruit, zhuyaozi, is extremely popular in the southwest of China because of its fresh taste and abundant nutrients. The chemical study on this fruit resulted in the isolation of eight new nor-oleanane type triterpenoid saponins, brachyanthera acid A, brachyantheraoside A1–A5 and brachyantheraoside B6, B9, along with nine known compounds. Their structures were determined by extensive 1D and 2D NMR experiments along with HRESIMS analysis. Nine compounds including four new ones showed hepatoprotective activities against DL-galactosamine-induced toxicity in WB-F344 cells, with their survival rates being very close to that of bicyclol. Additionally, the results of the inhibitory study of brachyantheraoside A5 (15) on 4-MU glucuronidation indicated its less probability leading to drug–drug interaction, which revealed that brachyantheraoside A5 and its analogues might be new safe leading compounds for further investigation as hepatoprotectants.
    Journal of Functional Foods 06/2015; 16. DOI:10.1016/j.jff.2015.04.003 · 4.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Zaltoprofen (ZLT) is a nonsteroidal antiinflammation drug, and has been clinically employed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other chronic inflammatory pain conditions. The present study aims to investigate the chirality influence of zaltoprofen towards the inhibition potential towards UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) isoforms. In vitro a recombinant UGT isoforms-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation incubation system was employed to investigate the inhibition of (R)-zaltoprofen and (S)-zaltoprofen towards UGT isoforms. The inhibition difference capability was observed for the inhibition of (R)-zaltoprofen and (S)-zaltoprofen towards UGT1A8 and UGT2B7, but not for other tested UGT isoforms. (R)-zaltoprofen exhibited noncompetitive inhibition towards UGT1A8 and competitive inhibition towards UGT2B7. The inhibition kinetic parameters were calculated to be 35.3 μM and 19.2 μM for UGT1A8 and UGT2B7. (R)-zaltoprofen and (S)-zaltoprofen exhibited a different inhibition type towards UGT1A7. Based on the reported maximum plasma concentration of (R)-zaltoprofen in vivo, a high drug-drug interaction between (R)-zaltoprofen and the drugs mainly undergoing UGT1A7, UGT1A8, and UGT2B7-catalyzed glucuronidation was indicated. Chirality 00:000-000, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Chirality 04/2015; 27(6). DOI:10.1002/chir.22436 · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) are involved in the clearance of many important drugs and endogenous substances, and inhibition of UGTs' activity by herbal components might induce severe herb-drug interactions or metabolic disturbances of endogenous substances. The present study aims to determine the inhibition of UGTs' activity by podophyllotoxin derivatives, trying to indicate the potential herb-drug interaction or metabolic influence towards endogenous substances' metabolism. Recombinant UGT isoforms (except UGT1A4)-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation reaction and UGT1A4-catalyzed trifluoperazine (TFP) glucuronidation were employed to firstly screen the podophyllotoxin derivatives' inhibition potential. Structure-dependent inhibition behavior of podophyllotoxin derivatives towards UGT isoforms was detected. Inhibition kinetic type and parameter (Ki) were determined for the inhibition of podophyllotoxin towards UGT1A1, and competitive inhibition of podophyllotoxin towards UGT1A1 was observed with the inhibition kinetic parameter (Ki) to be 4.0 μM. Furthermore, podophyllotoxin was demonstrated to exert medium and weak inhibition potential towards human liver microsomes (HLMs)-catalyzed SN-38 glucuronidation and estradiol-3-glucuronidation. In conclusion, podophyllotoxin inhibited UGT1A1 activity, indicating potential herb-drug interactions between podophyllotoxin-containing herbs and drugs mainly undergoing UGT1A1-mediated metabolism.
    Pharmazie 04/2015; 70(4). DOI:10.1691/ph.2015.4807 · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs)-catalyzed glucuronidation conjugation reaction plays an important role in the elimination of many important clinical drugs and endogenous substances. The present study aims to investigate the enantioselective inhibition of carprofen towards UGT isoforms. In vitro a recombinant UGT isoforms-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation incubation mixture was used to screen the inhibition potential of (R)-carprofen and (S)-carprofen towards multiple UGT isoforms. The results showed that (S)-carprofen exhibited stronger inhibition potential than (R)-carprofen towards UGT2B7. However, no significant difference was observed for the inhibition of (R)-carprofen and (S)-carprofen towards other UGT isoforms. Furthermore, the inhibition kinetic behavior was compared for the inhibition of (S)-carprofen and (R)-carprofen towards UGT2B7. A Lineweaver-Burk plot showed that both (S)-carprofen and (R)-carprofen exhibited competitive inhibition towards UGT2B7-catalyzed 4-MU glucuronidation. The inhibition kinetic parameter (Ki ) was calculated to be 7.0 μM and 31.1 μM for (S)-carprofen and (R)-carprofen, respectively. Based on the standard for drug-drug interaction, the threshold for (S)-carprofen and (R)-carprofen to induce a drug-drug interaction is 0.7 μM and 3.1 μM, respectively. In conclusion, enantioselective inhibition of carprofen towards UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 2B7 was demonstrated in the present study. Using the in vitro inhibition kinetic parameter, the concentration threshold of (S)-carprofen and (R)-carprofen to possibly induce the drug-drug interaction was obtained. Therefore, clinical monitoring of the plasma concentration of (S)-carprofen is more important than (R)-carprofen to avoid a possible drug-drug interaction between carprofen and the drugs mainly undergoing UGT2B7-catalyzed metabolism. Chirality 00:000-000, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Chirality 12/2014; 27(3). DOI:10.1002/chir.22412 · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mechanism of shengmai injection- (SMI-) related drug-drug interaction remains unclear. Evaluation of the inhibition potential of SMI's ingredients towards UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) activity will provide a new insight to understand SMI-related drug-drug interaction. In vitro incubation system to model UGT reaction was used. Recombinant UGT isoforms-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation and UGT1A4-catalyzed trifluoperazine (TFP) glucuronidation reactions were employed to phenotype the inhibition profile of maidong's components towards the activity of UGT isoforms. Different inhibition potential of maidong's components towards various UGT isoforms was observed. Based on the inhibition kinetic investigation results, ophiopogonin D (OD) noncompetitively inhibited UGT1A6 and competitively inhibited UGT1A8, ophiopogonin D' (OD') noncompetitively inhibited UGT1A6 and UGT1A10, and ruscorectal (RU) exhibited competitive inhibition towards UGT1A4. The inhibition kinetic parameters were calculated to be 20.6, 40.1, 5.3, 9.0, and 0.02 μM, respectively. In combination with our previous results obtained for the inhibition of UGT isoforms by ginsenosides and wuweizi components, the important SMI ingredients exhibiting strong inhibition towards UGT isoforms were highlighted. All the results obtained in the present study provide a new insight to understand SMI-related drug-drug interaction.
    Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 10/2014; 2014:594354. DOI:10.1155/2014/594354 · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. Endogenous compounds have been reported to be the regulators of UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) isoforms. This study aims to investigate the regulatory effects of the activity of UGT isoforms by two important lipid components phosphatidylcholine (PC) and lysophosphatidylcholines (LPC) using in vitro incubation system. 2. UGTs supersomes-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation was used as the probe reaction to evaluate the inhibition of compounds towards UGT isoforms except UGT1A4, and UGT1A4-catalyzed trifluoperazine (TFP) glucuronidation reaction was utilized to phenotype the activity of UGT1A4. 3. About 50 μM of LPC15:0, LPC16:0, LPC17:0, LPC18:0, LPC18:1 and PC16:0, 2:0 exhibited inhibition towards more than 90% activity of UGT isoforms, and other LPC and PC components showed negligible inhibitory potential towards all the UGT isoforms. UGT1A6 and UGT1A8 were identified to be the most sensitive UGT isoforms susceptible for the inhibition by LPC15:0, LPC16:0, LPC17:0, LPC18:0, LPC18:1 and PC16:0, 2:0, indicating the strong influence of these LPC and PC components towards UGT1A6 and UGT1A8-catalyzed metabolic reaction when the concentrations of these components increased.
    Xenobiotica 09/2014; 45(3):1-10. DOI:10.3109/00498254.2014.966174 · 2.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new ratiometric fluorescent probe derived from 2-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl) benzothiazole (HMBT) has been developed for selective monitoring of human carboxylesterase 1 (hCE1). The probe is designed by introducing benzoyl moiety to HMBT. The prepared latent spectroscopic probe 1 displays satisfying stability under physiological pH conditions with very low background signal. Both the reaction phynotyping and chemical inhibition assays demonstrated that hCE1 mediated the specific cleavage of the carboxylic ester bond of probe 1 in human biological samples. The release of HMBT leads to a remarkable red-shifted emission in fluorescence spectrum (120 nm large emission shift). Furthermore, human cell-based assays show that probe 1 is cell membrane permeable, and it can be used for bioassay and cellular imaging of hCE1 activity in HepG2 cells. These findings lead to the development of a simple and sensitive fluorescent method for measurement of hCE1 activity in vitro or in living cells, in the presence of additional enzymes or endogenous compounds.
    Biosensors & Bioelectronics 07/2014; 57:30–35. DOI:10.1016/j.bios.2014.01.049 · 6.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Herb-drug interaction strongly limits the clinical application of herbs and drugs, and the inhibition of herbal components towards important drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) has been regarded as one of the most important reasons. The present study aims to investigate the inhibition potential of andrographolide derivatives towards one of the most important phase II DMEs UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs). Recombinant UGT isoforms (except UGT1A4)-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation reaction and UGT1A4-catalyzed trifluoperazine (TFP) glucuronidation were employed to firstly screen the andrographolide derivatives' inhibition potential. High specific inhibition of andrographolide derivatives towards UGT2B7 was observed. The inhibition type and parameters (Ki) were determined for the compounds exhibiting strong inhibition capability towards UGT2B7, and human liver microsomes (HLMs)-catalyzed zidovudine (AZT) glucuronidation probe reaction was used to furtherly confirm the inhibition behaviour. In combination of inhibition parameters (Ki) and in vivo concentration of andrographolide and dehydroandrographolide, the potential in vivo inhibition magnitude was predicted. Additionally, both the in vitro inhibition data and computational modeling results provide important information for the modification of andrographolide derivatives as selective inhibitors of UGT2B7. Taken together, data obtained from the present study indicated the potential herb-drug interaction between Andrographis paniculata and the drugs mainly undergoing UGT2B7-catalyzed metabolic elimination, and the andrographolide derivatives as potential candidates for the selective inhibitors of UGT2B7.
    Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 05/2014; 277(1). DOI:10.1016/j.taap.2014.02.021 · 3.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Scutellarin is an important bioactive flavonoid extracted from Erigeron breviscapus (Vant.) Hand-Mazz, and scutellarein is the corresponding aglycone of scutellarin. The present study aims to compare the inhibition potential of scutellarin and scutellarein towards several important UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) isoforms, including UGT1A1, UGT1A6, UGT1A9 and UGT2B7. It was demonstrated that scutellarein exerted stronger inhibition towards the tested UGT isoforms than scutellarin. Furthermore, the inhibition kinetic type and parameters (Ki ) were determined for the scutellarein's inhibition towards these UGT isoforms. Competitive inhibition of scutellarein towards all these UGT isoforms was demonstrated, and the Ki values were calculated to be 0.02, 5.0, 5.8 and 35.9 μM for UGT1A1, 1A6, 1A9 and 2B7, respectively. Using in vivo maximum plasma concentration of scutellarein in rat, the in vitro-in vivo extrapolation was performed to predict in vivo situation, indicating the most possible in vivo adverse effects due to the inhibition of scutellarein towards UGT1A1. All these results remind us to monitor the utilization of scutellarin and scutellarein, and the herbs containing these two components. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Phytotherapy Research 03/2014; 28(3). DOI:10.1002/ptr.4990 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bakuchiol is a promising anti-tumor candidate with resveratrol-like structure. The present study aims to evaluate the inhibition potential of bakuchiol towards UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGT) 1A isoforms. An in vitro incubation system using 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation was used to evaluate the inhibition capability of bakuchiol towards UGT1A1, 1A3, 1A6, 1A7, 1A8, 1A9 and 1A10. The glucuronidation of trifluoperazine (TFP) was employed as the probe reaction to determine bakuchiol's inhibition towards UGT1A4. At 1 microM and 10 microM of bakuchiol, no or weak inhibition was observed for all the tested UGT1A isoforms. At 100 microM of bakuchiol, the activity of UGT1A1, 1A3, 1A4, 1A6, 1A7, 1A8, 1A9 and 1A10 was inhibited by -46.2%, 74.7%, 17.8%, 98.7%, 70.4%, 99.2%, 75.8%, and 93.3%, respectively. Further inhibition kinetic behaviour was determined for UGT1A6, 1A8, and 1A10. Both Dixon plot and Lineweaver-Burk plot showed the noncompetitive inhibition of bakuchiol towards all these three UGT isoforms. The inhibition kinetic parameters (Ki) were calculated to be 5.3, 1.8, and 92.6 microM for UGT1A6, 1A8, and 1A10, respectively. In combination with the in vivo exposure of bakuchiol, the high possibility of in vivo inhibition of UGT1A6 and 1A8 was predicted. However, relatively low possibility of in vivo inhibition towards UGT1A10 was predicted due to lower in vivo concentration of bakuchiol than its inhibition parameter (Ki). All these information will be helpful for the R&D of bakuchiol as a promising anti-tumor drug.
    Pharmazie 01/2014; 69(1):60-3. DOI:10.1691/ph.2014.3717 · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bufalin 5β-hydroxylation was found to be an isoform-specific biotransformation probe substrate for cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). The probe reaction was well-characterized and it can be used for measuring the real catalytic activities of CYP3A4 from different enzyme sources.
    Chemical Communications 09/2013; DOI:10.1039/c3cc45250f · 6.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the inhibitory effects of liver UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) by glycyrrhizic acid and glycyrrhetinic acid, which are the bioactive ingredients isolated from licorice. The results showed that glycyrrhetinic acid exhibited stronger inhibition towards all the tested UGT isoforms, indicating that the deglycosylation process played an important role in the inhibitory potential towards UGT isoforms. Furthermore, the inhibition kinetic type and parameters were determined for the inhibition of glycyrrhetinic acid towards UGT1A3 and UGT2B7. Data fitting using Dixon and Lineweaver-Burk plots demonstrated that the inhibition of UGT1A3 and UGT2B7 by glycyrrhetinic acid was best fit to competitive and noncompetitive type, respectively. The second plot using the slopes from Lineweaver-Burk plots versus glycyrrhetinic acid concentrations was employed to calculate the inhibition kinetic parameters (K(i) ), and the values were calculated to be 0.2 and 1.7 μM for UGT1A3 and UGT2B7, respectively. All these results remind us the possibility of UGT inhibition-based herb-drug interaction. However, the explanation of these in vitro parameters should be paid more caution due to complicated factors, including the probe substrate-dependent UGT inhibition behaviour, environmental factors affecting the abundance of herbs' ingredients, and individual difference of pharmacokinetic factors. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Phytotherapy Research 09/2013; 27(9). DOI:10.1002/ptr.4875 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bisphenol A (BPA), the important endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC), has been reported to be able to induce various toxicity. The present study aims to understand the toxicity behavior of bisphenol A through evaluating the inhibition profile of bisphenol A towards UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) isoforms. In vitro recombinant UGTs-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation reaction was employed as probe reaction for all the tested UGT isoforms. The results showed that bisphenol A exerted stronger inhibition towards UGT2B isoforms than UGT1A isoforms. Furthermore, the inhibition kinetic type and parameters (Ki) were determined for the inhibition of bisphenol A towards UGT2B4, 2B7, 2B15, and 2B17. Bisphenol A exhibited the competitive inhibition towards UGT2B4, and noncompetitive inhibition towards UGT2B7, 2B15 and 2B17. The inhibition kinetic parameters (Ki) were calculated to be 1.1, 32.6, 5.6, and 19.9μM for UGT2B4, 2B7, 2B15 and 2B17, respectively. In combination with the in vivo concentration of bisphenol A, the elevation of exposure dose was predicted to increase by 29.1%, 1%, 5.7%, and 1.6% for UGT2B4, 2B7, 2B15, and 2B17, indicating the high influence of bisphenol A towards the in vivo UGT2B isofroms-mediated metabolism of xenobiotics and endogenous substances. All these data provide the supporting information for deeper understanding of toxicology of bisphenol A.
    Chemosphere 08/2013; 93(6). DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.06.070 · 3.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The detailed mechanisms on licorice-drug interaction remain to be unclear. The aim of the present study is to investigate the inhibition of important UGT isoforms by two important ingredients of licorice, liquiritin, and liquiritigenin. The results showed that liquiritigenin exhibited stronger inhibition towards all the tested UGT isoforms than liquiritin. Data fitting using Dixon and Lineweaver-Burk plots demonstrated the competitive inhibition of liquiritigenin towards UGT1A1 and UGT1A9-mediated 4-MU glucuronidation reaction. The inhibition kinetic parameters (K(i) ) were calculated to be 9.1 and 3.2 μM for UGT1A1 and UGT1A9, respectively. Substrate-dependent inhibition behaviour was also observed for UGT1A1 in the present study. All these results will be helpful for understanding the deep mechanism of licorice-drug interaction. However, when translating these in vitro parameters into in vivo situations, more complex factors should be considered, such as substrate-dependent inhibition of UGT isoforms, the contribution of UGT1A1 and UGT1A9 towards the metabolism of drugs, and many factors affecting the abundance of ingredients in the licorice. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Phytotherapy Research 08/2013; 27(8). DOI:10.1002/ptr.4855 · 2.40 Impact Factor
  • Hong-Zhi Sun · Zhong-Ze Fang · Yun-Feng Cao · Xiao-Yu Sun · Mo Hong
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    ABSTRACT: Evodiamine is the main active alkaloid of Evodia rutaecarpa (E. rutaecarpa) and has been demonstrated to exhibit many pharmacological activities including vasorelaxation, uterotonic action, anoxia and control of body temperature. The present study focused on the metabolism of evodiamine. Human and phenobarbital-induced rat liver microsomal incubation of evodiamine in the presence of NADPH resulted in the formation of five major metabolites (M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4, M-5). Four metabolites (M-1, M-2, M-3 and M-5) were identified to mono-hydroxylated evodiamine and one metabolite (M-4) was identified to be N-demethylated evodiamine. CYP3A4, CYP2C9 and CYP1A2 were identified to be the main CYP isoforms involved in the metabolism of evodiamine in human liver microsomes. Finding new metabolites can help us decipher novel substance basis of efficiency and toxicity. Elucidation of drug metabolizing enzymes will facilitate explaining the individual difference for response to the same drugs or herbs and the potential drug-drug interaction or herb-drug interaction. Taken together, these results are of significance for better understanding the pharmacokinetic behaviour of evodiamine and helpful for clinical application of evodiamine and E. rutaecarpa. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Phytotherapy Research 05/2013; 27(5). DOI:10.1002/ptr.4766 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to identify the uridine glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) isoforms involved in the metabolism of the broad-spectrum antiviral drug arbidol. METHODS: A human liver microsome (HLM) incubation system was employed to catalyse the formation of arbidol glucuronide. The glucuronidation activity of commercially recombinant UGT isoforms towards arbidol was screened. A combination of kinetic analysis and chemical inhibition study was used to determine the UGT isoforms involved in arbidol's glucuronidation. KEY FINDINGS: The arbidol glucuronide was detected when arbidol was incubated with HLMs in the presence of UDP-glucuronic acid. The Eadie-Hofstee plot showed that glucuronidation of arbidol was best fit to the Michaelis-Menten kinetic model, and Km and apparent Vmax were calculated to be 8.0 ± 0.7 μm and 2.03 ± 0.05 nmol/min/mg protein, respectively. Assessment of a panel of recombinant UGT isoforms revealed that UGT1A1, UGT1A3 and UGT1A9 could catalyse the glucuronidation of arbidol. Kinetic analysis and chemical inhibition study demonstrated that UGT1A9 was the predominant UGT isoform involved in arbidol glucuronidation in HLMs. CONCLUSIONS: The major contribution of UGT1A9 towards arbidol glucuronidation was demonstrated in this study.
    04/2013; 65(4):521-527. DOI:10.1111/jphp.12014
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    ABSTRACT: Danshen is one of the most famous herbs in the world, and more and more danshen-prescribed drugs interactions have been reported in recent years. Evaluation of inhibition potential of danshen's major ingredients towards UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) will be helpful for understanding detailed mechanisms for danshen-drugs interaction. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to investigate the inhibitory situation of cryptotanshinone and dihydrotanshinone I towards UGT enzymes-catalyzed propofol glucuronidation. In vitro human liver microsomes (HLMs) incubation system was used, and the results showed that cryptotanshinone and dihydrotanshinone I exhibited dose-dependent inhibition towards HLMs-catalyzed propofol glucuronidation. Dixon plot and Lineweaver-Burk plot showed that the inhibition type was best fit to competitive inhibition type for both cryptotanshinone and dihydrotanshinone I. The second plot using the slopes from the Lineweaver-Burk plot versus the concentrations of cryptotanshinone or dihydrotanshinone I was employed to calculate the inhibition parameters (K(i)) to be 0.4 and 1.7μM, respectively. Using the reported maximum plasma concentration (C(max)), the altered in vivo exposure of propofol was increased by 10% and 8.2% for the co-administration of dihydrotanshinone I and cryptotanshinone, respectively. All these results indicated the possible danshen-propofol interaction due to the inhibition of of dihydrotanshinone I and cryptotanshinone towards the glucuronidation reaction of propofol.
    Fitoterapia 01/2013; 85. DOI:10.1016/j.fitote.2013.01.002 · 2.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The wide utilization of ginseng provides the high risk of herb-drug interaction (HDI) with many clinical drugs. The inhibition of ginsenosides towards drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) has been regarded as an important reason for herb-drug interaction (HDI). Compared with the deep studies on the ginsenosides' inhibition towards cytochrome P450 (CYP), the inhibition of ginsenosides towards the important phase II enzymes UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) remains to be unclear. The present study aims to evaluate the inhibition behaviour of ginsenosides towards important UGT isoforms located in the liver and intestine using in vitro methods. The recombinant UGT isoforms-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation reaction was employed as in vitro probe reaction. The results showed that structure-dependent inhibition existed for the inhibition of ginsenosides towards UGT isoforms. To clarify the possibility of in vivo herb-drug interaction induced by this kind of inhibition, ginsenoside Rg(3) was selected as an example, and the inhibition kinetic type and parameters (K(i)) were determined. Rg(3) competitively inhibited UGT1A7, 2B7 and 2B15-catalyzed 4-MU glucuronidation reaction, and exerted noncompetitive inhibition towards UGT1A8-catalyzed 4-MU glucuronidation. The inhibition parameters (K(i) values) were calculated to be 22.6, 7.9, 1.9, and 2.0μM for UGT1A7, 1A8, 2B7 and 2B15. Using human maximum plasma concentration of Rg(3) (400ng/ml (0.5μM)) after intramuscular injection of 60mg Rg(3), the area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) was extrapolated to increase by 2.2%, 6.3%, 26.3%, and 25% for the co-administered drugs completely undergoing the metabolism catalyzed by UGT1A7, 1A8, 2B7 and 2B15, respectively. All these results indicated that the ginsenosides' inhibition towards UGT isoforms might be an important reason for ginseng-drug interaction.
    Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 01/2013; 267(2). DOI:10.1016/j.taap.2012.12.019 · 3.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Isoquiritigenin, a herbal ingredient with chalcone structure, has been speculated to be able to inhibit one of the most drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT). Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the inhibition of isoquiritigenin towards important UGT isoforms in the liver and intestine, including UGT1A1, 1A3, 1A6, 1A7, 1A8, 1A9 and 1A10. The recombinant UGTs-catalyzed 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) glucuronidation was used as probe reactions. The results showed that 100 μM of isoquiritigenin inhibited the activity of UGT1A1, UGT1A3, UGT1A6, UGT1A7, UGT1A8, UGT1A9, and UGT1A10 by 95.2%, 76.1%, 78.9%, 87.2%, 67.2%, 94.8%, and 91.7%, respectively. The data fitting using Dixon plot and Lineweaver-Burk plot showed that the inhibition of UGT1A1, UGT1A9 and UGT1A10 by isoquiritigenin was all best fit to the competitive inhibition, and the second plot using the slopes from the Lineweaver-Burk plot versus isoquiritigenin concentrations was used to calculate the inhibition kinetic parameter (K(i)) to be 0.7 μM, 0.3 μM, and 18.3 μM for UGT1A1, UGT1A9, and UGT1A10, respectively. All these results indicated the risk of clinical application of isoquiritigenin on the drug-drug interaction and other possible disease induced by the inhibition of isoquiritigenin towards these UGT isoforms.
    Fitoterapia 12/2012; 84(1). DOI:10.1016/j.fitote.2012.12.002 · 2.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Deoxyschizandrin and schisantherin A are major bioactive lignans isolated from Fructusschisandrae which has been widely used as a tonic in traditional Chinese medicine for manyyears. Inhibition of UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) by herbal components might be animportant reason for clinical herb–drug interaction. The aim of the present study is toinvestigate the inhibitory effect of deoxyschizandrin and schisantherin A on major UGTisoforms. Recombinant UGT isoforms were used as enzyme source, and a nonspecific substrate4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) was utilized as substrate. The results showed that 100 μM ofdeoxyschizandrin and schisantherin A exhibited strong inhibition on UGT1A3, and negligibleinhibition on other tested UGT isoforms. Furthermore, deoxyschizandrin and schisantherin Awere demonstrated to inhibit UGT1A3 in a concentration-dependent manner, with IC50 valueof 10.8±0.4 μM and 12.5±0.5 μM, respectively. Dixon and Lineweaver–Burk plots showedthat inhibition of UGT1A3 by deoxyschizandrin was best fit to competitive inhibition type, andinhibition kinetic parameter (Ki) was calculated to be 0.48 μM. Inhibition of UGT1A3 byschisantherin A gave the best fit for types of noncompetitive inhibition, and the results showedKi to be 11.3 μM. All these experimental data suggested that herb–drug interaction might occurwhen deoxyschizandrin or schisantherin A containing herbs were co-administered with drugswhich mainly undergo UGT1A3-mediated metabolism. However, given that many in vivofactors could influence the in vitro–in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE), these in vitro inhibitoryparameters should be considered with caution.
    Fitoterapia 12/2012; 83(8):1415-9. DOI:10.1016/j.fitote.2012.08.004 · 2.22 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 2013–2014
    • Liaoning Medical University
      Liaonan, Jiangxi Sheng, China
    • Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
      Lü-ta-shih, Liaoning, China
  • 2012–2014
    • Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2011–2013
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences
      • Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2010
    • Shenyang Pharmaceutical University
      • Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine
      Feng-t’ien, Liaoning, China
    • Jinan University (Guangzhou, China)
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China