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Anti-Lung Cancer Targets of Radix Paeoniae Rubra and Biological Molecular Mechanism: Network Pharmacological Analyses and Experimental Validation

Authors Ma Y, Li G, Yu M, Cao K, Li Q, Sun X, Yang G, Wang X

Received 7 May 2020

Accepted for publication 23 February 2021

Published 16 March 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 1925—1936


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Jianmin Xu

Yunfei Ma,1 Guangda Li,2 Mingwei Yu,1 Kexin Cao,1 Qiwei Li,1 Xu Sun,3 Guowang Yang,1 Xiaomin Wang1

1Department of Oncology, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 2School of Graduates, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, The Tumor Hospital Affiliated to Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Xiaomin Wang; Guowang Yang
Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
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Objective: To systematically explore the pharmacological mechanism of Radix Paeoniae Rubra (RPR) against lung cancer (LC).
Methods: A network pharmacology approach, which involves active ingredients and target forecast, network construction, gene ontology and pathway enrichment, was employed in this research. In addition, the effect of Baicalein (BAI) in RPR on A549 cells was researched in vitro and in vivo.
Results: A total of 159 targets of the 29 active components in RPR were procured by pharmacokinetic parameters. The network analysis showed that β-sitosterol, baicalein, (+)-catechin, ellagic acid, stigmasterol, (2R, 3R)-4-methoxyl-distylin were the main ingredients and JUN, VEGFA, BCL2 were the hub targets of RPR in the treatment of LC. The functional enrichment analysis showed that RPR likely was useful to LC by regulating numerous pathways including Pathways in cancer, MAPK signaling pathway and so on. MTT results showed that 100μM, 200μM, 400μM of BAI had a time and dose-dependent inhibitory effect on A549 cells proliferation; Wound healing and transwell assays showed that 100μM, 200μM, 400μM of BAI could significantly restrain the migration and invasion of A549 cells; Flow cytometry assay results showed that 100μM, 200μM, 400μM of BAI could induce apoptosis of A549 cells. In vivo, BAI (50, 100 mg/kg) significantly inhibited tumor growth and promoted apoptosis of tumor cells compared with the control group.
Conclusion: BAI in RPR may exert anti-tumor effects by inhibiting the proliferation, migration and invasion of LC cells, and inducing the apoptosis of LC cells.

Keywords: network pharmacology, radix paeoniae rubra, lung neoplasms, baicalein

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