The influence of bile acids homeostasis by cryptotanshinone-containing herbs

  • Chengcheng Gao
  • Tianheng Ma
  • Liqun Pang
  • Rui Xie

Abstract

Background: Herbs might affect the homeostasis of bile acids through influence of multiple metabolic pathways of bile acids. Aim: The present study aims to investigate the inhibition of cryptotanshinone towards the glucuronidation of LCA, trying to indicate the possible influence of cryptotanshinone-containing herbs towards the homeostasis of bile acids. Methods: The LCA-3-glucuronidation and LCA-24-glucuronidation reaction was monitored by LC-MS. Results: Initial screening showed that 100 μM of cryptotanshinone inhibited LCA-24-glucuronidation and LCA-3-glucuronidation reaction activity by 82.6% and 79.1%, respectively. This kind of inhibition behaviour exerted cryptotanshinone concentrations-dependent and LCA concentrations-independent inhibition behaviour. Conclusion: All these data indicated the possibility of cryptotanshinone’s influence towards the bile acids metabolism and homeostasis of bile acids.

Keywords: herbs, lithocholic acid (LCA), homeostasis

African Health sciences Vol 14 No. 1 March 2014

Author Biographies

Chengcheng Gao
Department of Gastroenterology, Huai’an First People’s Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, 6 Beijing Road West, Huai’an, Jiangsu 223300, P. R. China
Tianheng Ma
Department of Gastroenterology, Huai’an First People’s Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, 6 Beijing Road West, Huai’an, Jiangsu 223300, P. R. China
Liqun Pang
Department of Gastroenterology, Huai’an First People’s Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, 6 Beijing Road West, Huai’an, Jiangsu 223300, P. R. China
Rui Xie
Department of Gastroenterology, Huai’an First People’s Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, 6 Beijing Road West, Huai’an, Jiangsu 223300, P. R. China
Published
2014-03-11
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