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Renshen Baidu Powder attenuated intestinal inflammation and apoptosis in ulcerative colitis rats through the inhibition of PI3K/AKT/NF- κ B signaling pathway


Zhang, P and Zhang, X and Xiong, P and Zhong, C and Zhou, Z and Jia, B and Liu, X, Renshen Baidu Powder attenuated intestinal inflammation and apoptosis in ulcerative colitis rats through the inhibition of PI3K/AKT/NF- κ B signaling pathway, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine pp. 1-14. ISSN 1741-427X (2022) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2022 Peixu Zhang et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1155/2022/5234025


Objective: Renshen Baidu Powder (RBP) is a famous classic compound of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and is commonly used for treating ulcerative colitis (UC). However, the pharmacological mechanism of RBP in treating UC remains unclear. This study investigates the possible mechanism of RBP for UC treatment by network pharmacological analysis and rat validation.

Methods: First, the main chemical constituents of RBP were identified using ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole Orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-Orbitrap-HRMS). Then, we obtained targets of identified compounds from the SwissTargetPrediction database and targets associated with UC from GeneCards database. Furthermore, Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) were used to analyze the metabolism-related signaling pathways affected by RBP. Hematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining was used to observe the pathological change of colon in UC rats after treating RBP, and terminal deoxynucleotidyl-transferase (TdT)-mediated dUTP Nick end labeling (TUNEL) staining was used to detect apoptosis after RBP treatment. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was employed to evaluate cytokine levels of TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6. The protein expressions of Bax, Bcl-2, PI3K, AKT, and NF-κB in colonic tissue were detected using immunohistochemistry (IHC). Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-QPCR) was employed to evaluate mRNA expression of PI3K, AKT, and NF-κB.

Results: We found a total of 24 main compounds and 329 potential targets related to UC. According to KEGG results, 3 main pathways were identified as responsible for UC, including PI3K-AKT, HIF-1, and VEGF signaling pathway. Animal experiments showed that RBP treatment significantly attenuated colon damage in rats with UC. Mechanistically, RBP could inhibit PI3K/AKT/NF-κB pathway; decrease cell apoptosis; and downregulate the expression of TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6.

Conclusions: This study demonstrated that RBP may exert anti-inflammatory and antiapoptotic therapeutic benefits in UC by regulating the PI3K/AKT/NF-κB signaling pathways, providing a scientific basis for understanding the mechanism of RBP against UC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Renshen Baidu Powder, inflammation, apoptosis, ulcerative colitis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Basic pharmacology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences
UTAS Author:Zhou, Z (Dr Zhen Zhou)
ID Code:151481
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-07-31
Last Modified:2022-09-02
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