Abstract Title:

Diosgenin, a plant-derived sapogenin, exhibits antiviral activity in vitro against hepatitis C virus.

Abstract Source:

J Nat Prod. 2011 Apr 25 ;74(4):580-4. Epub 2011 Mar 10. PMID: 21391660

Abstract Author(s):

Ya-Jean Wang, Kao-Lu Pan, Tsung-Chih Hsieh, Teng-Yuan Chang, Wen-Hsing Lin, John T-A Hsu

Article Affiliation:

Ya-Jean Wang


Diosgenin (3β-hydroxy-5-spirostene, 1), a plant-derived sapogenin, is used as a dietary supplement. However, the biological effects of 1 related to viral replication remain unexplored. In this study, the effects of 1 on hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication were evaluated. Based on a reporter-based HCV subgenomic replicon system, 1 was found to inhibit HCV replication at low micromolar concentrations. The EC(50) (concentration at which 50% of HCV replication is inhibited) of 1 was 3.8 μM. No cellular toxicity was observed at this concentration. Diosgenin (1) also significantly reduced the levels of viralRNA and viral proteins as evaluated by quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase PCR and Western blot analysis, respectively. In addition, in an alternative HCV antiviral system more closely aligned to all steps involved in the HCV infection and life cycle, 1 totally abolished HCV replication at20 μM. Moreover, 1 reduced the phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3. A combination of 1 and interferon-α exerted an additive effect on the resultant anti-HCV activity.

Study Type : In Vitro Study
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Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(1957) : AC(1034)

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