Jan 24, 2020

Liu Shen Wan inhibits influenza a virus and excessive virus-induced inflammatory response via suppression of TLR4/NF-κB signaling pathway in vitro and in vivo

Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Qinhai MaZifeng Yang


Liu Shen Wan (LSW), first prescribed in "Lei Yunshang Song Fen Tang Fang", traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is used to cure influenza, tonsillitis, pharyngitis and mumps for more than one hundred years. LSW was proved extensive pharmacological properties, for instance, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiviral, analgesic, antibacterial and immunomodulatory activities. Nevertheless, the mechanism of this process and the evaluation of this product is still ambiguous. Hence, the study was designed to investigate the antiviral and anti-inflammatory activities of LSW against the influenza virus in vitro and vivo. The antiviral activities of LSW were assayed in virus-infected cells and mice. To study the antiviral effects of LSW against influenza A/PR/8/34 virus (PR8), we employed CPE inhibition assay with different concentrations of LSW at different times of infection in vitro. The mice were intranasally infected with virus to induce viral pneumonia, then treated with different doses of LSW. The death protection of the mice, the lung index, virus titer and pathological changes in the lung tissue of mice were investigated to estimate the anti-virus effect of LSW. Moreover, RT-qPCR was used to determine the mRNA expression of TNF-α,...Continue Reading

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