Your browser doesn't support javascript.

Portal Regional da BVS

Informação e Conhecimento para a Saúde

Home > Pesquisa > ()
Imprimir Exportar

Formato de exportação:


Adicionar mais destinatários
| |

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.