Investigation of the therapeutic effect of Yinchen Wuling Powder on CCl4-induced hepatic fibrosis in rats by 1H NMR and MS-based metabolomics analysis.

Published on Apr 16, 2021in Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis3.209
· DOI :10.1016/J.JPBA.2021.114073
Yumeng Zhang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University),
Min Zhao8
Estimated H-index: 8
(SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University)
+ 3 AuthorsMiao Wang9
Estimated H-index: 9
(SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University)
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Abstract
Hepatic fibrosis (HF) is a typical consequence of various chronic liver diseases, and there is still no ideal drug for its treatment. Yinchen Wuling Powder (YCWLP), a famous traditional Chinese medicine prescription, is effective for the treatment of icteric hepatitis, hepatic fibrosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other liver diseases in clinical practices, however, the underlying mechanisms of YCWLP on HF is still unclear. In this study, 1H NMR and MS-based metabolomics analysis along with body weight change, serum liver function indexes, serum liver fibrosis index and histopathological observations of liver were applied to evaluate the therapeutic effect of YCWLP on hepatic fibrosis and the mechanism associated with this. The results of the pharmacodynamics study show that YCWLP has a significant therapeutic effect on hepatic fibrosis. As for the metabolomics research, 7 metabolites in the plasma samples, 28 in the urine samples and 6 in the liver samples were significantly altered due to the protective effect of YCWLP on CCl4-induced hepatic fibrosis. These endogenous metabolites are involved in amino acid metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, glycerophospholipid metabolism and gut bacteria metabolism. These findings suggest that YCWLP could treat hepatic fibrosis by promoting urea circulation and reducing blood ammonia accumulation, improving carbohydrate metabolism and reducing oxidative stress, improving glycerophospholipid metabolism and protecting cell membrane, and regulating intestinal flora metabolism.
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