An Investigation of the Mechanism of Rapid Relief of Ulcerative Colitis Induced by Five-flavor Sophora Flavescens Enteric-coated Capsules Based on Network Pharmacology

Author(s): Sizhen Gu, Yan Xue, Yuli Zhang, Kanjun Chen, Shigui Xue, Ji Pan, Yini Tang, Hui Zhu, Huan Wu, Danbo Dou*.

Journal Name: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
Accelerated Technologies for Biotechnology, Bioassays, Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products Research

Volume 23 , Issue 3 , 2020

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Aim and Objective: Five-Flavor Sophora flavescens Enteric-Coated Capsules (FSEC) are the only proprietary Chinese medicine approved for the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC) in China. Phase II and III clinical trials have shown that the curative effect of FSEC in relieving UC was not inferior to that of mesalazine granules and enteric-coated tablets, but its pharmacological mechanism is unclear. Therefore, the network pharmacology is used to reveal the more comprehensive effective components and targets of FSEC in the treatment of UC.

Methods: We screened the components of FSEC based on the TCMSP database, determined the action targets of these compounds through target fishing, and integrated the UC disease targets of several disease gene databases. The FSEC-UC composite targets were obtained by matching the two results, and then a PPI network was constructed to analyze the relationship between these targets, and the core targets were selected by topological correlation parameters. Finally, GO-BP and KEGG enrichment analyses were carried out using the clusterProfiler software package.

Results: One hundred and sixty active components of FSEC were identified and 77 targets were obtained. Of these, 30 core targets were the main targets of FESC in the treatment of UC. And quercetin, kaempferol, luteolin and mangiferin were regarded as the core active components of FSEC. The results screened by GO and KEGG enrichment analysis showed that FSEC played a comprehensive therapeutic role in immune recognition, anti-inflammation and antioxidation mainly through IL-17, TNF, Toll-like receptor, NF-kappa B, and Th17 cell differentiation.

Conclusion: The molecular mechanism of UC remission induced by FSEC was predicted by network pharmacology. These findings provide an important theoretical basis for further study of the effective substances and mechanism of FSEC in the treatment of UC.

Keywords: Five-flavor sophora flavescens enteric-coated capsules (FSEC), network pharmacology, ulcerative colitis, chinese medicine, active compounds, UC treatment.

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Year: 2020
Page: [239 - 252]
Pages: 14
DOI: 10.2174/1386207323666200302121711

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