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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(10), 3144;

Effects of Panax Notoginseng Saponins on Esterases Responsible for Aspirin Hydrolysis In Vitro

School of Chinese Materia Medica, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
College of Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081, China
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Received: 27 August 2018 / Revised: 24 September 2018 / Accepted: 9 October 2018 / Published: 12 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Natural Products for Human Health)
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Herb–drug interactions strongly challenge the clinical combined application of herbs and drugs. Herbal products consist of complex pharmacological-active ingredients and perturb the activity of drug-metabolizing enzymes. Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS)-based drugs are often combined with aspirin in vascular disease treatment in China. PNS was found to exhibit inhibitory effects on aspirin hydrolysis using Caco-2 cell monolayers. In the present study, a total of 22 components of PNS were separated and identified by UPLC-MS/MS. Using highly selective probe substrate analysis, PNS exerted robust inhibitory potency on human carboxylesterase 2 (hCE2), while had a minor influence on hCE1, butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and paraoxonase (PON). These effects were also verified through molecular docking analysis. PNS showed a concentration-dependent inhibitory effect on hydrolytic activity of aspirin in HepaRG cells. The protein level of hCE2 in HepaRG cells was suppressed after PNS treatment, while the level of BChE or PON1 in the extracellular matrix were elevated after PNS treatment. Insignificant effect was observed on the mRNA expression of the esterases. These findings are important to understand the underlying efficacy and safety of co-administration of PNS and aspirin in clinical practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: Panax notoginseng saponins; aspirin; HepaRG cells; herb–drug interactions Panax notoginseng saponins; aspirin; HepaRG cells; herb–drug interactions

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Sun, Z.; Wu, Y.; Liu, S.; Hu, S.; Zhao, B.; Li, P.; Du, S. Effects of Panax Notoginseng Saponins on Esterases Responsible for Aspirin Hydrolysis In Vitro. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 3144.

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