Identification of the active compounds and significant pathways of yinchenhao decoction based on network pharmacology

Jihan Huang, Fan Cheung, Hor Yue Tan, Ming Hong, Ning Wang, Juan Yang, Yibin Feng*, Qingshan Zheng*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Yinchenhao decoction (YCHD) is a traditional Chinese medicine formulation, which has been widely used for the treatment of jaundice for 2,000 years. Currently, YCHD is used to treat various liver disorders and metabolic diseases, however its chemical/pharmacologic profiles remain to be elucidated. The present study identified the active compounds and significant pathways of YCHD based on network pharmacology. All of the chemical ingredients of YCHD were retrieved from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Systems Pharmacology database. Absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion screening with oral bioavailability (OB) screening, drug-likeness (DL) and intestinal epithelial permeability (Caco-2) evaluation were applied to discover the bioactive compounds in YCHD. Following this, target prediction, pathway identification and network construction were employed to clarify the mechanism of action of YCHD. Following OB screening, and evaluation of DL and Caco-2, 34 compounds in YCHD were identified as potential active ingredients, of which 30 compounds were associated with 217 protein targets. A total of 31 significant pathways were obtained by performing enrichment analyses of 217 proteins using the JEPETTO 3.x plugin, and 16 classes of gene-associated diseases were revealed by performing enrichment analyses using Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery v6.7. The present study identified potential active compounds and significant pathways in YCHD. In addition, the mechanism of action of YCHD in the treatment of various diseases through multiple pathways was clarified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4583-4592
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Medicine Reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

User-Defined Keywords

  • Intracellular targets
  • Network pharmacology
  • Significant pathways
  • Yinchenhao decoction


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