Wenqing Wang

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China

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    ABSTRACT: Ampelopsis grossedentata (Hand.-Mazz.) W.T. Wang has long been used as a traditional Chinese medicinal herb among the indigenous people in the Yangtze River region of China. Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is the most abundant (approximately 30%) and bioactive constituent in A. grossedentata (Hand.-Mazz.) W.T. Wang, and recent studies have demonstrated its various pharmacological activities. In the present study, a first specific, sensitive, rapid and reliable LC-MS/MS method for the determination of DMY in rat plasma was developed and validated. The plasma samples were prepared with protein precipitation method, and chromatographic separation was performed on a Welch Ultimate XB-C18 column (50×2.1mm, 5μm) using a gradient elution with water and acetonitrile. The mass spectrometry (MS) analysis was conducted in negative ionization mode with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions at m/z 319.1→192.8 for DMY and m/z 609.0→301.2 for rutin (IS). The plasma concentration profiles and pharmacokinetic parameters were analyzed after oral administration of dextroisomer and racemate DMY at the dose of 100mg/kg in rats. The method validation was conducted over the calibration range of 10.0-5000ng/ml with the intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy within 12.0% (RSD) and 5.6% (RE). The recoveries, matrix effect and stability under different conditions were all proved acceptable. The values of Tmax, AUC0-∞ and Vd were significantly different between the groups of dextroisomer and racemate DMY (P<0.05), and pharmacokinetic results revealed their poor absorptions into blood, probably high tissue distributions and slow elimination processes. The present study will provide helpful information for the further studies and future clinical applications of DMY. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis
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    ABSTRACT: Berberine, a pure crystalline quaternary ammonium salt with the basic structure of isoquinoline alkaloid, has multiple pharmacological bioactivities. But the poor bioavailability of berberine limited its wide clinical applications. In the present study, we aimed to develop an amorphous solid dispersion of berberine with hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine (HPC) in order to improve its bioavailability. The physical characterization studies such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were conducted to characterize the formation of amorphous berberine HPC solid dispersion (BHPC-SD). The everted intestinal sac and single-pass intestinal perfusion study proved that permeability and intestinal absorption of amorphous BHPC-SD was improved compared with that of pure crystalline berberine, and the pharmacokinetic study results demonstrated that the extent of bioavailability was significantly increased as well. However, the dissolution study indicated that the aqueous cumulative dissolution percentages of berberine remained unchanged or even lower by means of preparation into solid dispersion with HPC. Therefore, according to the previous mechanistic studies, the present results supported that it is the enhanced molecularly dissolved concentration (supersaturation) of berberine by transformation from crystalline structure into amorphous solid dispersions that triggers the enhanced permeability, and consequently results in the improved intestinal absorption and bioavailability. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · European journal of pharmaceutical sciences: official journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is the most abundant ingredient in vine tea. Here, we investigated the cytoprotective effects and possible mechanisms of DMY on hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced oxidative stress damage in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). The percentage of cell viability was evaluated using the 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. We determined the antioxidant properties of DMY by measuring the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and Malondialdehyde (MDA). Flow cytometry was used to measure apoptosis in HUVECs that were double stained with Hoechst 33342 and propidium iodide (PI). The generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) was measured in 2', 7'-dichlorofluorescin diacetate (DCFH-DA)-loaded HUVECs using a fluorescent microscope. Moreover, the expression of apoptosis-related proteins were determined by Western blotting. In addition, the release of nitric oxide (NO) was analyzed using a commercial kit. HUVECs treated with H2O2 had a notable decrease in cell viability that was attenuated when cells were pretreated with DMY (37.5-300 μM). DMY pretreatment significantly attenuated H2O2-induced apoptosis in HUVECs, inhibited intracellular ROS overproduction. Finally, pretreatment of cells with DMY prior to H2O2 exposure resulted in inhibition of p53 activation, followed by regulation the expression of Bcl-2 and Bax, the release of cytochrome c, the cleavage (activation) of caspase-9 and caspase-3, and then the suppression of PARP cleavage in H2O2-induced HUVECs. Our study is the first to report that DMY can protect HUVECs from oxidative stress damage, an effect that is mediated by the mitochondrial apoptotic pathways. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2015 · Life sciences
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    Jing Chen · Wenqing Wang · Chunyang Shi · Jianguo Fang
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    ABSTRACT: Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (H. cordata) is an anti-inflammatory herbal drug that is clinically used in Asia. The essential oil obtained from H. cordata is known to contain 2-undecanone (2-methyl nonyl ketone). In addition, sodium houttuyfonate is a compound that can be derived from H. cordata and has important clinical uses as an anti-inflammatory agent. Sodium houttuyfonate can be converted to decanoyl acetaldehyde (houttuynin) and then to 2-undecanone. Therefore, the experiments described here explore the comparative anti-inflammatory activities of these compounds. Sodium houttuyfonate showed more potent anti-inflammatory activities than that of 2-undecanone at the same dosage, both in vitro and in vivo, although both compounds significantly inhibited the production of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and the expression of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), but increased the secretion of interleukin-10 (IL-10) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264.7 cells. In addition, both compounds showed dose-dependent inhibitory effects on xylene-induced mouse ear edema. In a previous study, we found sodium houttuyfonate to be transformed to 2-undecanone during steam distillation (SD). Optimum therapeutic effects are related to the stability and pharmacological activity of the drugs. Consequently, we studied the stability of sodium houttuyfonate under a simulated gastrointestinal environment with the main influencing factors being solvent, temperature and pH effects. For the first time, sodium houttuyfonate and 2-undecanone were detected simultaneously in the mouse serum and the gastrointestinal tissue after oral administration. Sodium houttuyfonate is detected within a short period of time in the systemic circulation and tissues without conversion to 2-undecanone.
    Preview · Article · Dec 2014 · International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • Jing Chen · Wenqing Wang · Chunyang Shi · Jin Wan · Li Deng · Jianguo Fang
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    ABSTRACT: An analytical procedure was developed for the determination of four volatile components with anti-inflammatory biological activity in Houttuynia cordata Thunb. by gas chromatography and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. Four compounds (α-pinene, β-myrcene, 1-decanol and 2-undecanone) were selected as analytes because they are common major constituents in volatile compositions of Houttuynia cordata Thunb Anti-inflammatory efficacy in vivo suggested that the four compounds provided inhibitory effects on xylene-induced ear edema formation in a dose-dependent manner. The four compounds were determined by gas chromatography in mouse serum after oral administration of volatile oil and water distillate liquid of Houttuynia cordata Thunb Related chromatographic conditions were investigated and selected. A good separation of the four compounds and internal standard was achieved. The method reflected the quality of Houttuynia cordata Thunb. and its preparations.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2014 · Analytical Letters
  • Jianguo Fang · Jin Wan · Jie Tang · Wenqing Wang · Yunhai Liu
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    ABSTRACT: Radix Isatidis (Banlangen in Chinese), used to clearing away heat and toxic material, is a traditional Chinese medicinal (TCM) herb. It is frequently used for preventing and treating infectious diseases caused by viruses. To provide scientific basis for the effect of Radix Isatidis on infectious diseases, the traditional effect and new research development on pharmacological activities are summarized in the review. According to the existed problems in the clinical application, the weak links and shortages of quality research and industrialized production of Radix Isatidis are discussed. It could present the new ideas for improving the technology of Radix Isatidis preparation, and promoting the rational use of the preparation in the clinical treatment.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2009 · Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica
  • Wenqing Wang · Jianguo Fang · Yunhai Liu · Wei Xie
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    ABSTRACT: To find a component with the strongest anti-endotoxin effect from the four components (F021, F022, F023, and F024) of chloroform extract (F02) of Radix Isatidis, the protective effects of the five components on endotoxin-challenged mice and their effects on the production of TNFalpha and IL-6 by macrophages from the endotoxin-challenged mice were compared. It was found that the five components all had protective effects on endotoxin-challenged mice in terms of mortality. The mortalities of the mice challenged by 2.42 mg/kg endotoxin were 30 %, 50 %, 20 %, 50 % and 60 % after treatment with F02, F021, F022, F023, and F024. The 5 components all had inhibitory effects on the production of TNFalpha and IL-6 by macrophages from the mice. At a concentration of LPS of 50 ng/mL, the inhibitory rates of F02 , F021 1, F022, F023, and F024 for the production of TNFalpha and IL-6 were 76.54 %, 30.86 %, 78.60 %, 36.63 %, 2.06 % and 75.85 %, 18.45 %, 77.68 %, 24.41 %, 3.64% and at the dose of 100 ng/mL, the inhibitory rates were 49.65 Y, 16.86 %, 66.97 %, 13.39 %, 7.16 % and 59.78 %, 1.28 %, 61.86 %, 2.08 %, 1.44 %, respectively. It is concluded that the component F022 of Radix Isatidis has the strongest anti-endotoxin effect.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2006 · Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Jianguo Fang · Wenqing Wang · Ya Hu · Dan Feng · Jie Tang
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of active antiendotoxin chemical fraction isolated from Radix Isatidis (fraction D) on TNF-alpha and IL-8 secretion in HL-60 cells induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) were studied. The appropriate densities of cell suspension and fraction D solution were determined by MTT colorimetric method. Fraction D and LPS were added to HL-60 cell suspension with three different methods respectively. The contents of TNF-alpha and IL-8 in the cultured supernatant induced by LPS were detected by using ELISA method. The results showed that the absorbance (A) was directly proportional to the number of cells and the linearity was good in the range from 0.25 x 10(5) to 2 x 10(5) cell/mL cell suspension. The fraction D significantly inhibited the oversecretion of TNF-alpha and IL-8 in HL-60 cells induced by LPS at the concentration of 7.812 mg/mL which had no cytotoxicity. It was indicated that the antiendotoxin mechanism of the active fraction from Radix Isatidis was contributed to the inhibition of the oversecretion of cytokines induced by LPS.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2005 · Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Yunhai Liu · Jianguo Fang · Ting Lei · Wenqing Wang · Aihua Lin
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    ABSTRACT: The anti-endotoxic effect of syringic acid (SA) isolated from Radix Isatidis (Banlangen, BLG) was studied. SA was extracted and isolated from BLG and diluted into 1% solution. The content of SA-pretreated endotoxin (ET) was quantitatively determined using Limulus test. The ability of fever induction of ET pretreated with SA was measured using endotoxin-induced fever test in rabbits. The LPS-induced death in mice pretreated with and without SA was compared. Results showed that after pretreatment with SA, 83.16% of ET was destroyed, the ET-induced fever in rabbits relieved markedly and the LPS-induced death rate in mice dropped from 68% to 20%. It was concluded that SA isolated from BLG had anti-endotoxic effects.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2003 · Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology