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Zhou D.,Capital Medical University | Chen W.,Capital Medical University | Li X.,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine | Deng B.,Capital Medical University | And 16 more authors.
European Journal of Integrative Medicine | Year: 2014

Introduction: Psoriasis is a common and recurrent disease and difficult to treat. The aim was to develop an evidence-based clinical practice guideline of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for psoriasis vulgaris with focus on Chinese medicine pattern differentiation and treatment as well as approved herbal proprietary medicine. Methods: The guideline development group involved in various expertise in contents and methods. Authors searched electronic databases include CNKI, VIP, Sino-Med, Wanfang data, PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, as well as checked China State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) from the inception till March 31, 2013. Systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials of Chinese herbal medicine treating adults with psoriasis vulgaris were evaluated. Risk of bias tool in the Cochrane Handbook and evidence strength developed by the GRADE group were applied for the evaluation, and recommendations were based on the findings incorporating evidence strength. After several rounds of expert consensus, the final guideline was endorsed by relevant professional committees. Results: CHM treatment principle and formulae based on pattern differentiation together with approved patent herbal medicines are the main treatments for psoriasis vulgaris, and the diagnosis and treatment focusing on blood related patterns is the major domain. Conclusion: CHM therapy alone or combined with other conventional treatment reported in clinical studies together with expert consensus were recommended for clinical practice. © 2014 Elsevier GmbH.


Han D.,China Agricultural University | Wan C.,China Agricultural University | Liu F.,China Agricultural University | Xu X.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | And 2 more authors.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Year: 2016

Jujuboside A is a kind of the saponins isolated from the seeds of Ziziphus jujuba, which possesses multiple biological effects, such as antianxiety, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects; however, its mediatory effect on isoproterenol-stimulated cardiomyocytes has not been investigated yet. In this study, we tried to detect the protective effect and potential mechanism of JUA on ISO-induced cardiomyocytes injury. H9C2 cells were treated with ISO to induce cell damage. Cells were pretreated with JUA to investigate the effects on the cell viability, morphological changes, light chain 3 conversion, and the activation of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway. Results showed that ISO significantly inhibited the cell viability in a time-and dose-dependent manner. JUA pretreatment could reverse the reduction of cell viability and better the injury of H9C2 cells induced by ISO. Western blot analysis showed that JUA could accelerate the phosphorylation of PI3K, Akt, and mTOR. Results also indicated that JUA could significantly decrease the ratio of microtubule-associated protein LC3-II/I in H9C2 cells. Taken together, our research showed that JUA could notably reduce the damage cause by ISO via promoting the phosphorylation of PI3K, Akt, and mTOR and inhibiting LC3 conversion, which may be a potential choice for the treatment of heart diseases. © 2016 Dandan Han et al.


PubMed | Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and China Agricultural University
Type: | Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM | Year: 2016

Jujuboside A is a kind of the saponins isolated from the seeds of Ziziphus jujuba, which possesses multiple biological effects, such as antianxiety, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects; however, its mediatory effect on isoproterenol-stimulated cardiomyocytes has not been investigated yet. In this study, we tried to detect the protective effect and potential mechanism of JUA on ISO-induced cardiomyocytes injury. H9C2 cells were treated with ISO to induce cell damage. Cells were pretreated with JUA to investigate the effects on the cell viability, morphological changes, light chain 3 conversion, and the activation of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway. Results showed that ISO significantly inhibited the cell viability in a time- and dose-dependent manner. JUA pretreatment could reverse the reduction of cell viability and better the injury of H9C2 cells induced by ISO. Western blot analysis showed that JUA could accelerate the phosphorylation of PI3K, Akt, and mTOR. Results also indicated that JUA could significantly decrease the ratio of microtubule-associated protein LC3-II/I in H9C2 cells. Taken together, our research showed that JUA could notably reduce the damage cause by ISO via promoting the phosphorylation of PI3K, Akt, and mTOR and inhibiting LC3 conversion, which may be a potential choice for the treatment of heart diseases.


Wang S.,Capital Medical University | Zhou T.,Capital Medical University | Zhai J.-P.,Capital Medical University | Wang L.-H.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Chen J.,Capital Medical University
Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine | Year: 2014

Objective: To investigate the effects of Modified Sanhuang Decoction (加味三黄汤, MSD) enema on the serum tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and colonic mucosa interleukin-1β (IL-1β), interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels in experimental ulcerative colitis (UC) rats.Methods: Forty-five male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: normal group (n=12), model group (n=11), salazosulfapyridine (SASP) group (n=11) and MSD group (n=11). The UC model was induced by 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)/ethanol solution. Rats in the normal group and model group were clystered with 0.9% normal saline, while in the SASP group and MSD group were clystered with SASP and MSD enema, respectively. After drug administration (10 mL/kg body weight, for 7 days), colonic gross changes and colonic mucosa histology were observed, serum TNF-α and colonic mucosa IL-1β, IL-6 levels were tested by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and radioimmunoassay, respectively.Results: As compared with the normal group, the experimental UC rats, the colonic mucosal damage index scores (CMDIs), histopathological scores (HS) and the serum TNF-α and colonic mucosa IL-1β, IL-6 levels significantly increased (P<0.05 or P<0.01). In the MSD and SASP groups, the ulcer area significantly reduced, and edema disappeared. The CMDIs, HS, the serum TNF-α and colonic mucosa IL-1β, IL-6 levels in the MSD and SASP groups significantly decreased (P<0.05 or P<0.01) compared with the model group. The CMDIs in the MSD group were lower than that in the SASP group (P<0.05), but there were no significant differences in HS, serum TNF-α or colonic mucosa IL-1β, IL-6 levels between the MSD and SASP groups.Conclusion: MSD enema can improve colonic mucosa impairment and decrease serum TNF-α and colonic mucosa IL-1β, IL-6 levels in experimental UC. © 2013, Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Wang Y.,Capital Medical University | Wang Y.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Zhao J.,Capital Medical University | Zhao J.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | And 20 more authors.
International Immunopharmacology | Year: 2016

β,β-dimethylacryloyl alkannin (DMA) is a key component of Lithospermum and possesses good efficacy for treating psoriasis. DMA inhibits activated dendritic cells (DCs), but the mechanism is unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the modulation of the TLR7/8 pathway by DMA in psoriasis-activated DCs. Models of psoriasis-like skin lesions were established using BALB/c mice; 8 mice were treated with DMA (2.5 mg/kg). Bone marrow cells were isolated and induced into DCs using R848, a TLR7/8 agonist. Splenic CD11c + cells were detected by flow cytometry. Skin CD11c + cells were detected by immunofluorescence. TLR7, TLR8, MYD88, and IRAKM proteins were detected by Western blot. The effects of DMA on surface molecules of DCs were observed by flow cytometry. mRNA expression of inflammatory factors was detected by qRT-PCR. Secreted cytokines were detected by cytometric bead array. Compared with the model group, psoriasis-like skin lesions were alleviated by DMA, the splenic CD11c + cells were significantly decreased (P < 0.01), and CD11c + cell numbers in skin lesions were decreased (P < 0.01). Expression levels of TLR7, MYD88, and IRAKM were significantly decreased (P < 0.05). R848-stimulated DCs showed increased expression of I-A/I-E, CD80, and CD86 (P < 0.01), increased IL-23 and IL-1β mRNA and secretion (P < 0.05), and increased TLR7, TLR8, MYD88, and IRAKM expression (P < 0.01); DMA inhibited all of these effects of the TLR7/8 pathway activation by R848 (P < 0.05). In conclusion, DMA could inhibit psoriasis-activated DCs via the TLR7/8 pathway. © 2016


Zhang Z.-H.,Capital Medical University | Shi G.-X.,Capital Medical University | Li Q.-Q.,Capital Medical University | Wang Y.-J.,Capital Medical University | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Neuroscience | Year: 2014

Background and Purpose: An ideal animal model to explore that pathogenesis and prevention of dementia is essential. The present study was designed to compare the difference of behavior and cerebral blood flow of the two vascular dementia rat models at different time intervals. Methods: The rats were randomly allocated to three groups: bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) group, thromboembolism (TE) group and sham-operated (SHAM) group. The performance in the Morris water maze (MWM) was analyzed at 7, 14 and 28 d after operation and cerebral blood flow (CBF) was analyzed at 28 days after operation. Result: The results showed that the two models exhibited longer latency, less times to crossing platform in MWM and lower CBF than the SHAM rats. Compared with the TE rats, the BCCAO rats have a significant prolongation of escape latency at 7 days and 28 days. In the probe trial, the BCCAO rats showed less number of times across the platform. Conclusion: The BCCAO rats maybe provide a more useful model to study the physiopathological mechanisms of cognitive impairment related to chronic cerebral ischemia. © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.


Zhao J.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Zhao J.,Capital Medical University | Di T.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Wang Y.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Molecular Medicine | Year: 2016

Multi-glycoside of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook. f.(GTW) possesses anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, and has been used as a traditional treatment for psoriasis for many years, although the underlying immunological mechanisms remain poorly understood. The T helper (Th)17 cell response is considered to play a major role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Th17 cells are implicated in the mechanism of pathogenesis of imiquimod (IMQ) induced skin inflammation. Using a mouse model, we demonstrated that GTW protected mice from developing psoriasis-like lesions induced by topical IMQ administration. This protection was associated with significantly decreased mRNA levels of Th17 cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-17A, IL-17F and IL-22 in mouse skin samples as well as fewer IL-17-secreting splenic CD4+ lymphocytes in IMQ-exposed mice. There were no significant effects on the proportion of CD4+ interferon (IFN)+ T cells, CD4+IL-4+ T cells and CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Treg cells in the spleen cells. Taken together with the unchanged mRNA levels of Th1 cytokine IFN, Th2 cytokine IL-4 and Treg cytokine IL-10 in IMQ-exposed mouse skin following GTW administration, our findings suggest that the immunosuppressive effect of GTW in psoriasis is exerted mainly on Th17 cells, rather than on Th1, Th2 or Treg cells. Furthermore, we showed that GTW suppressed Th17 function through the inhibition of STAT3 phosphorylation. These results have the potential to pave the way for the use of GTW as an agent for the treatment of psoriasis.


Xu X.,Capital Medical University | Xu X.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Xu X.,Beijing Key Laboratory of Basic Research with Traditional Chinese Medicine on Infectious Diseases | Guo Y.,Capital Medical University | And 13 more authors.
Mediators of Inflammation | Year: 2016

Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) is an effective therapeutic agent for inflammatory diseases and autoimmune disorders; however, its regulatory effect on NLRP3 inflammasome activation in macrophages has not been investigated. In this study, we predicted the potential interaction between HSYA and xanthine oxidase (XO) via PharmMapper inverse docking and confirmed the binding inhibition via inhibitory test (IC50 = 40.04 μM). Computation docking illustrated that, in this HSYA-XO complex, HSYA was surrounded by Leu 648, Leu 712, His 875, Leu 873, Ser 876, Glu 879, Phe 649, and Asn 650 with a binding energy of -5.77 kcal/M and formed hydrogen bonds with the hydroxyl groups of HSYA at Glu 879, Asn 650, and His 875. We then found that HSYA significantly decreased the activity of XO in RAW264.7 macrophages and suppressed LPS-induced ROS generation. Moreover, we proved that HSYA markedly inhibited LPS-induced cleaved caspase-1 activation via suppressing the sensitization of NLRP3 inflammasome and prevented the mature IL-1β formation from pro-IL-1β form. These findings suggest that XO may be a potential target of HSYA via direct binding inhibition and the combination of HSYA-XO suppresses LPS-induced ROS generation, contributing to the depression of NLRP3 inflammasome and inhibition of IL-1β secretion in macrophages. © 2016 Xiaolong Xu et al.


Kang Q.,Capital Medical University | Liu W.,Capital Medical University | Liu W.,Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Liu H.,Capital Medical University | And 2 more authors.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Year: 2015

Compound Chuanxiong Capsule (CCC), a Chinese herbal compound, can exhibit antiatherosclerotic effect; however, its mechanism is still unclear. This study is designed to study the mechanism of CCC on atherosclerosis in the ApoE-knockout (ApoE-/-) mice fed with a high-fat diet. After 6 weeks of high-fat feeding, 40 ApoE-/- mice were randomized (n = 10) and treated with lipitor, high-dose or low-dose CCC, or distilled water (ApoE-/- group) for 7 weeks. The blood lipids in serum and the plaque areas of the mice were measured and the mRNA expressions of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinases (PI3K), Akt, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-B), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) of the aortae were determined. The data showed that CCC can significantly decrease the levels of blood lipids, atherosclerosis index, and plaque areas and increase collagen proportion in plaques as compared with the untreated mice (p < 0.05, p < 0.01). In addition, CCC can significantly reduce the mRNA expressions of PI3K, Akt, NF-B, IL-6, and TNF-α in the mice fed with a high-fat diet (p < 0.001). Thus, we concluded that CCC can inhibit inflammatory reaction in the ApoE-/- mice fed with a high-fat diet. This mechanism may be attributed to regulating PI3K/Akt/NF-B signaling pathway. © 2015 Qunfu Kang et al.


PubMed | Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
Type: | Journal: European journal of pharmacology | Year: 2016

Paeoniflorin (PF) is the main active ingredients of radix paeoniae rubra and radix paeoniae alba, which are used widely in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This study aimed to assess the capacity of PF to inhibit imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriasis. Mice treated with IMQ were divided into four groups and administered 240mg/kg/day or 120mg/kg/day of PF, 1mg/kg/day of methotrexate (MTX), or normal saline intragastrically. Weight-matched mice treated with vaseline were used as controls. Morphology, structural features, keratinocyte proliferation and differentiation, inflammatory cell infiltration, levels of Th1/Th2/Th17/Treg cytokine mRNA, and phosphorylation of Th17 differentiation-related proteins were assessed. Mouse spleen cells were incubated under Th17 polarizing conditions, then with PF (2, 20, and 200g/ml) and cell viability, Th17 differentiation, and Th17 cytokines and the orphan nuclear receptor (RORt) mRNA levels were assessed. PF alleviated IMQ-induced keratinocyte proliferation and inflammatory cell infiltration, and reduced mRNA levels of Th17 cytokines at day 4 and phosphorylation of Th17 differentiation-related proteins. However, 2, 20, or 200g/ml PF did not affect spleen cell viability, and 2 and 20g/ml PF reduced IL-17 secretion under Th17 polarizing conditions. Finally, 2 and 20g/ml PF inhibited mRNA expression of Th17 cytokines and phosphorylation of Stat3 in spleen cells under Th17 polarizing conditions. These results suggest that PF inhibits IMQ-induced psoriasis by regulating Th17 cell response and cytokine secretion via phosphorylation of Stat3.

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