Anti-inflammatory effects of Shufengjiedu capsule for upper respiratory infection via the ERK pathway.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Aug 09;94:758-766
Authors: Li Y, Chang N, Han Y, Zhou M, Gao J, Hou Y, Jiang M, Zhang T, Bai G
BACKGROUND: Shufengjiedu Capsule (SFJD) is a type of Chinese traditional medicine compound for the treatment of acute upper respiratory tract infection. The present work aims to decipher the mechanism of SFJD.
METHODS: In this study, we used target prediction and RNA sequence (RNA-Seq) based on transcriptome analysis to clarify the inflammation-eliminating mechanism of SFJD. Firstly, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PAK) was used to induce acute lung injury in KM mice. After being treated by SFJD, the differently expressed genes were analyzed by RNA-Seq. Secondly, the chemical constituents of SFJD were identified by ultra-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole/time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/Q-TOF-MS) and submitted to PharmMapper to predict targets. The Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) and String 9.1 websites were employed to establish the interaction network of inflammation of these targets.
RESULTS: The results indicated that SFJD alleviated PAK induced lung injury in KM mice. We infer that the mechanism is a complex network containing 15 pathways related to inflammation regulated by 16 types of components from six types of herbs via 29 proteins. The ERK signaling pathway was a key pathway among them, which was predicted to be regulated by 14 types of components in SFJD. Phillyrin, emodin, and verbenalin were screened out by binding capacity, and the synergistic effect of them was further confirmed.
CONCLUSIONS: Various components of SFJD ameliorated PAK induced upper respiratory tract infection via multiple targets, of which ERK phosphorylation might be the key event regulated specifically by verbenalin, phillyrin and emodin.
PMID: 28802227 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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