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Protective effect of herbal medicine Huangqi decoction against chronic cholestatic liver injury by inhibiting bile acid-stimulated inflammation in DDC-induced mice.

Phytomedicine; 62: 152948, 2019 May 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31129431

BACKGROUND:

Huangqi decoction (HQD), a classic traditional herbal medicine, has been used for liver fibrosis, but its effect on intrahepatic chronic cholestatic liver injury remains unknown.

PURPOSE:

In the present study, we investigated the hepatoprotective effect of HQD and the underlying molecular mechanisms in 3, 5-diethoxycarbonyl-1, 4-dihydroxychollidine (DDC)-induced chronic cholestatic mice.

METHODS:

The DDC-induced cholestatic mice were administrated HQD for 4 or 8 weeks. Serum biochemistry and morphology were investigated. The serum and liver bile acid (BA) levels were detected by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The liver expression of BA metabolizing enzymes and transporters, and inflammatory and fibrotic markers was measured by real-time polymerase chain reaction, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry.

RESULTS:

HQD treatment for 4 or 8 weeks ameliorated DDC-induced liver injury by improving impaired hepatic function and tissue damage. HQD treatment for 8 weeks further decreased the liver expression of cytokeratin 19, tumor growth factor (TGF)-ß, collagen I, and α-smooth muscle actin, and ameliorated ductular reaction and liver fibrosis. HQD markedly decreased the accumulation of serum and liver BA. The expression of BA-metabolizing enzymes, cytochrome P450 2b10 and UDP glucuronosyltransferase 1 A1, and multidrug resistance-associated protein 2, Mrp3, and Mrp4 involved in BA homeostasis was increased by 4 weeks of HQD treatment. The expression of BA uptake transporter Na+-taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide was decreased and that of Mrp4 was increased after 8 weeks of HQD treatment. Nuclear factor-E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) was remarkably induced by HQD treatment. Additionally, HQD treatment for 8 weeks decreased the liver expression of inflammatory factors, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1ß, tumor necrosis factor-α, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, and intracellular adhesion molecule-1. HQD suppressed the nuclear factor (NF)-κB pathway.

CONCLUSION:

HQD protected mice against chronic cholestatic liver injury and biliary fibrosis, which may be associated with the induction of the Nrf2 pathway and inhibition of the NF-κB pathway, ameliorating BA-stimulated inflammation.