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posted on 12.04.2021, 08:59 by Yunteng Xu, Hui Li, Xiaojuan He, Yanfeng Huang, Shengjie Wang, Lili Wang, Changlong Fu, Hongzhi Ye, Xihai Li, Tetsuya Asakawa

This study aimed to identify whether the NF-κB signaling pathway plays a key role in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) with Bushen Zhuangjin Decoction (BZD) based on a typical network pharmacology approach (NPA). Four sequential experiments were performed: 1) conventional high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), 2) preliminary observation of the therapeutic effects of BZD, 3) NPA using three OA-related gene expression profiles, and 4) verification of the key pathway identified by NPA. Only one HPLC-verified compound (paeoniflorin) was identified from the candidate compounds discovered by NPA. The genes verified in the preliminary observation were also identified by NPA. NPA identified a key role for the NF-κB signaling pathway in the treatment of OA with BZD, which was confirmed by conventional western blot analysis. This study identified and verified NF-κB signaling pathway as the most important inflammatory signaling pathway involved in the mechanisms of BZD for treating OA by comparing the NPA results with conventional methods. Our findings also indicate that NPA is a powerful tool for exploring the molecular targets of complex herbal formulations, such as BZD.

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