Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co.

Tianjin, China

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Tianjin, China
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Zheng H.,Tianjin University | Chen Y.,Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Zhang J.,Tianjin University | Wang L.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co. | And 4 more authors.
Chemico-Biological Interactions | Year: 2016

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the anti-ulcerogenic activity of costunolide (Co) and dehydrocostuslactone (De) on ethanol-induced gastric ulcer in mice and to elucidate the potential mechanisms of the action involved. Mice were pretreated orally with Co (5 or 20 mg/kg), De (5 or 20 mg/kg) and omeprazole (OME, 20 mg/kg) for 7 consecutive days, followed by ulcer induction using absolute ethanol (0.2 mL/20 g body weight). Treatment with Co had a remarkable gastroprotection compared to the ethanol-ulcerated mice that significantly reduced the ulcerative lesion index (ULI) and histopathological damage. Daily intragastric administration of Co exerted a powerful anti-inflammatory activity as evidenced by the suppression of nuclear factor (NF)-κB, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, nitric oxide (NO), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, as well as increased interleukin (IL)-10. Also, pretreatment with Co effectively inhibited ethanol-induced malondialdehyde (MDA) overproduction, increased the depleted superoxide dismutase (SOD) and promoted gastric mucosa epithelial cell proliferation by up-regulating proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) expression. Similarly, De had a protective effect on ethanol-induced ulcer, which was dependent on the inhibition of inflammatory cytokines and MDA generation, but independent of IL-10, SOD and PCNA improvement. Conclusively, the results have clearly demonstrated the anti-ulcerogenic potential of Co and De on ethanol-induced gastric ulcer; nevertheless, the gastroprotective activity of Co was superior to De due to more multi-pathway regulation than De. These findings suggested that Co or De could be a new useful natural gastroprotective tool against gastric ulcer, which provided a scientific basis for the gastroprotection of sesquiterpene lactones. © 2016 Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


Chen Y.,Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Zheng H.,Tianjin University | Zhang J.,College of Logistics | Wang L.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co. | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology | Year: 2016

Ethnopharmacological relevance Wei-Chang-An pill (WCA pill), a traditional Chinese pharmaceutical preparation, possessed potential anti-inflammatory advantages and noteworthy gastrointestinal regulations in digestive diseases, which might represent a promising candidate for the treatment of intestinal mucositis (IM) induced by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Aim of the study To analyze the bioactive constituents and investigate the effect of methanol extraction from WCA pill (WCA ext) on 5-FU induced IM with underlying mechanisms. Materials and methods The analysis of serum bioactive constituents after WCA ext administration in rats was carried out by UHPLC-Quadrupole-Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometry. In mice, IM was induced by 5-FU and physical manifestations were measured during the period of drug delivery. Half of mice were assessed with histology, expression of inflammatory cytokines in ileum and plasma via hematoxylin and eosin staining, immunohistochemical staining as well as cytokine enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test, respectively. Besides, gastric emptying (GE) and gastrointestinal transit (GIT) were further tested in the other half of 5-FU induced mice. Results Twenty-two compounds were identified or tentatively characterized. IM induced by 5-FU was improved significantly after treatment with WCA ext through reducing the body weight loss, relieving the severe diarrhea, and inhibiting the GE as well as GIT. Further assessments validated that WCA ext promoted the recovery of intestinal mucosa, evaluated the activity of enterocyte proliferation, maintained the integrity of tight junction, and ameliorated the inflammatory disturbances. Conclusions These results suggested that WCA ext promoted the restoration of intestinal function in 5-FU-induced IM via regulating multiple sites of actions in intestinal homeostasis. Accordingly, WCA pill might be a promising therapeutic candidate for the prevention of IM during cancer chemotherapy. © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Liu R.,Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Liu Z.,Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Zhang C.,Tianjin ZhongXin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation Ltd. | Zhang B.,Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences | Year: 2012

The aim of this study was to develop a novel nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs) system to improve ocular bioavailability of mangiferin (MGN) for the potential treatment of cataract. The physicochemical properties of MGN-loaded NLC (MGN-NLC) formulation were characterized by particle size, polydispersity index, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency, drug loading, morphological property, and crystalline state. in vitro characteristics were investigated by drug release from NLC system, physical stability, and corneal permeation through excised rabbit cornea. Moreover, in vivo ocular tolerability was assessed by a modified Draize test and histological microscopy. Preocular retention capability was evaluated by slit-lamp observation. Pharmacokinetic study in the aqueous humor was performed by microdialysis technique. Transmission electron microscopy depicted spherical and uniform morphology. Differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffractometry displayed imperfect crystalline lattice. The optimized MGN-NLC formulation exhibited a sustained drug release with 3 months stability and 4.31-fold increase of in vitro corneal permeation. Furthermore, in vivo studies exhibited a high tolerance in the ocular tissues and prolonged drug retention capacity on the corneal surface. Finally, pharmacokinetic study suggested a 5.69-fold increase of ocular bioavailability compared with MGN solution (MGN-SOL). Therefore, NLC system is a promising approach for ocular delivery of MGN. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Wang L.,Nankai University | Peng J.,Nankai University | Wang X.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation Ltd | Zhu X.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation Ltd | And 5 more authors.
Pharmazie | Year: 2012

1-Deoxynojirimycin (DNJ) has excellent inhibitory activity against α-glucosidase and can therefore decrease the postprandial blood glucose level in humans. However, a major limitation of DNJ is its fast absorption rate compared with other α-glucosidase inhibitors. In this study, we investigated the effect of adjuvants on the pharmacokinetics of DNJ, and found that carboxymethylcellulose sodium (CMCNa) can remarkably improve the activity of DNJ on glucose levels. When DNJ was used in combination with CMCNa, its absorption was suppressed and delayed by CMCNa. CMCNa can also change the pharmacokinetics of DNJ in rats. Pharmacodynamics were further studied using the oral glucose tolerance test, and the results confirmed that CMCNa can enhance DNJ's modulation of glucose level. All the results indicate that carboxymethylcellulose sodium can improve the pharmacodynamics of 1-deoxynojirimycin by changing the absorption characteristics and pharmacokinetics of DNJ in rats.


Liu B.,Tianjin Medical University | Liu T.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation LTD. | Wang X.,Tianjin Medical University | Zheng X.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation LTD. | And 2 more authors.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Year: 2016

Guchang capsule (GC) is a Chinese materia medica standardized product extracted from 15 Chinese traditional medical herbs and it has been clinically used in the treatment of intestinal disease. In this study, in order to extend the research of GC in intestinal disease, we were aiming to evaluate potential effects of GC on dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced murine experimental colitis and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. GC treatment attenuated DSS-induced body weight loss and reduced the mortality. Moreover, GC treatment prevented DSS-induced colonic pathological damage; meanwhile it inhibited proinflammatory cytokines production in colon tissues. In vitro, GC significantly reduced LPS-induced proinflammatory cytokines production via inhibiting the activation of NF-κB in macrophage cells, and the expressions of several long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) which were reported in regulating NF-κB signaling pathway were obviously affected by adding GC into culture medium. In conclusion, our data suggested that administration of GC exhibits therapeutic effects on DSS-induced colitis partially through regulating the expression of NF-κB related lncRNAs in infiltrating immune cells. © 2016 Baoshan Liu et al.


Zhang P.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co. | Wang X.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co. | Xiong S.,Tianjin Biochip Corporation | Wen S.,Tianjin Biochip Corporation | And 3 more authors.
Phytotherapy Research | Year: 2011

Zilongjin (ZLJ) tablet, which is a traditional Chinese medicine, has been approved as a new anti-tumor drug by the State Food and Drug Administration of China; however, its anti-cancer mechanisms remain elusive. The goal of this study was to investigate the underlying anti-cancer activities of ZLJ tablet in vitro. In this study, four lung cancer cell lines, A549, H446, H460 and H520, were treated with 2.2 mg/mL of ZLJ solution for 24 h at 37 °C under 5% CO 2. RNA was isolated and a microarray experiment using the Affymetrix Human Genome U133 plus 2.0 Array was employed to differentiate the expression patterns of cancer-related genes after drug treatment. Of 483 genes in 63 functional categories and 25 different pathways that showed at least a 2-fold change of expression level in the four cancer cell lines, 170 genes were upregulated, and 313 genes were downregulated. Eleven of the 483 genes were cancer-related and belong to the three known pathways: apoptosis, cell cycle regulation and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade. The microarray data were validated by real-time RT-PCR. The results of this investigation suggest possible anti-cancer mechanisms of the ZLJ tablet, and lay a foundation to further analyse its therapeutic roles. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Chen Y.,Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Zheng H.,Tianjin University | Zhang J.,Tianjin University | Wang L.,Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co. | And 2 more authors.
RSC Advances | Year: 2016

The aim of the study was to investigate the protective effects of costunolide (Co) and dehydrocostus (De) in 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-induced intestinal mucositis (IM) as well as the potential mechanisms involved. Male Kunming mice were given 5-FU (60 mg kg-1 per day) by intraperitoneal injections for 5 consecutive days and IM was evaluated histochemically. Co (5, 20 mg kg-1) and De (5, 20 mg kg-1) were orally administered once daily for 8 days. Repeated 5-FU treatment caused severe IM including morphological damage, which was accompanied by feeding reduction, body weight loss and diarrhea. Daily intragastric administration of Co or De significantly relieved the severity of IM through promoting intestinal mucosal recovery, inhibiting reactive oxygen species and ameliorating the inflammatory responses. Accordingly, Co and De may be promising therapeutic candidates and clinically used for the prevention of IM during cancer chemotherapy. © 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


PubMed | Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Phytotherapy research : PTR | Year: 2011

Zilongjin (ZLJ) tablet, which is a traditional Chinese medicine, has been approved as a new anti-tumor drug by the State Food and Drug Administration of China; however, its anti-cancer mechanisms remain elusive. The goal of this study was to investigate the underlying anti-cancer activities of ZLJ tablet in vitro. In this study, four lung cancer cell lines, A549, H446, H460 and H520, were treated with 2.2mg/mL of ZLJ solution for 24h at 37C under 5% CO(2) . RNA was isolated and a microarray experiment using the Affymetrix Human Genome U133 plus 2.0 Array was employed to differentiate the expression patterns of cancer-related genes after drug treatment. Of 483 genes in 63 functional categories and 25 different pathways that showed at least a 2-fold change of expression level in the four cancer cell lines, 170 genes were upregulated, and 313 genes were downregulated. Eleven of the 483 genes were cancer-related and belong to the three known pathways: apoptosis, cell cycle regulation and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade. The microarray data were validated by real-time RT-PCR. The results of this investigation suggest possible anti-cancer mechanisms of the ZLJ tablet, and lay a foundation to further analyse its therapeutic roles.


PubMed | Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin University and Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Co.
Type: | Journal: Journal of ethnopharmacology | Year: 2016

Wei-Chang-An pill (WCA pill), a traditional Chinese pharmaceutical preparation, possessed potential anti-inflammatory advantages and noteworthy gastrointestinal regulations in digestive diseases, which might represent a promising candidate for the treatment of intestinal mucositis (IM) induced by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU).To analyze the bioactive constituents and investigate the effect of methanol extraction from WCA pill (WCA ext) on 5-FU induced IM with underlying mechanisms.The analysis of serum bioactive constituents after WCA ext administration in rats was carried out by UHPLC-Quadrupole-Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometry. In mice, IM was induced by 5-FU and physical manifestations were measured during the period of drug delivery. Half of mice were assessed with histology, expression of inflammatory cytokines in ileum and plasma via hematoxylin and eosin staining, immunohistochemical staining as well as cytokine enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test, respectively. Besides, gastric emptying (GE) and gastrointestinal transit (GIT) were further tested in the other half of 5-FU induced mice.Twenty-two compounds were identified or tentatively characterized. IM induced by 5-FU was improved significantly after treatment with WCA ext through reducing the body weight loss, relieving the severe diarrhea, and inhibiting the GE as well as GIT. Further assessments validated that WCA ext promoted the recovery of intestinal mucosa, evaluated the activity of enterocyte proliferation, maintained the integrity of tight junction, and ameliorated the inflammatory disturbances.These results suggested that WCA ext promoted the restoration of intestinal function in 5-FU-induced IM via regulating multiple sites of actions in intestinal homeostasis. Accordingly, WCA pill might be a promising therapeutic candidate for the prevention of IM during cancer chemotherapy.


PubMed | Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation LTD. and Tianjin Medical University
Type: | Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM | Year: 2016

Guchang capsule (GC) is a Chinese materia medica standardized product extracted from 15 Chinese traditional medical herbs and it has been clinically used in the treatment of intestinal disease. In this study, in order to extend the research of GC in intestinal disease, we were aiming to evaluate potential effects of GC on dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced murine experimental colitis and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. GC treatment attenuated DSS-induced body weight loss and reduced the mortality. Moreover, GC treatment prevented DSS-induced colonic pathological damage; meanwhile it inhibited proinflammatory cytokines production in colon tissues. In vitro, GC significantly reduced LPS-induced proinflammatory cytokines production via inhibiting the activation of NF-B in macrophage cells, and the expressions of several long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) which were reported in regulating NF-B signaling pathway were obviously affected by adding GC into culture medium. In conclusion, our data suggested that administration of GC exhibits therapeutic effects on DSS-induced colitis partially through regulating the expression of NF-B related lncRNAs in infiltrating immune cells.

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