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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2006, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (5): 518-521.doi: 10.3736/jcim20060516

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Effects of Shengqing Capsules on expression of nuclear factor-κB protein in liver cells of guinea pigs with pigment gallstone

Hong-gang Gu,Jing-zhe Zhang,Xue-lin Zhang,Jian-wen Liu,Ting Li,Pei-ting Zhu   

  1. Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China
  • Online:2006-09-30 Published:2006-09-15


To study the mechanisms of Shengqing Capsules, a compound Chinese herbal medicine for dispersing stagnated liver qi and promoting bile flow, in prevention and treatment of pigment gallstone.


Liver cells from guinea pigs with pigment gallstone were primarily cultured in vitro. The serums containing different concentrations of Shengqing Capsules were prepared by serum pharmacological method. The primary cultured hepatocytes with excessive expression of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) were stimulated with lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and the effects of the drug-containing serums on the NF-κB expression were detected by Western-blotting.


Shengqing Capsules down-regulated the NF-κB expression increased by LPS stimulation. The effect is dose-dependent.


Shengqing Capsules can down-regulate the NF-κB expression increased by LPS stimulation. It may be one of the important mechanisms of this Chinese herbal medicine in prevention and treatment for pigment gallstone formation and the inflammatory reaction in biliary tract

Key words: Hepatocytes, Nuclear factor-κB, Guinea pigs, Cholelithiasis

CLC Number: 

  • R285.5

Table 1

Effects of drug-containing serum on NF-κB protein expression in liver cells(ヌ±S )"

Liver cells in culture medium n NF-κB protein expression (Grey value)
Untreated 6 8.27±0.30
LPS-treated 6 17.55±0.37
Normal serum plus LPS-treated 6 17.68±0.51
2.5% drug-containing serum
plus LPS-treated
6 11.70±0.54*
5% drug-containing serum
plus LPS-treated
6 10.88±0.26*

Figure 1


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