Abstract Title:

[Extraction of miRNA from Glycyrrhiza uralensis Decoction and Its Effect on Immune Cells].

Abstract Source:

Zhong Yao Cai. 2015 Jul ;38(7):1449-53. PMID: 26946842

Abstract Author(s):

Hong-wei Shao, Mian He, Jia-si Chen, Hui Chen, Jing Xiang, Shu-lin Huang

Article Affiliation:

Hong-wei Shao


OBJECTIVE: To extract microRNA(miRNA) from Glycyrrhiza uralensis(liquorice) decoction and to explore its effect on mmune cells.

METHODS: With dried processed liquorice, the water decoction was prepared according to the conventional method and subsequently concentrated by rotary evaporation. The concentrated decoction was further freeze-dried by freeze dryer, and miRNAs were extracted with Plant MicroRNA Extraction Kit. The extracted miRNA was digested by DNase I and then analyzed through the agarose gell electrophoresis. The PBMC was isolated from healthy volunteers and treated respectively by liquorice water extract, glycyrrhizic acid, glycyrrhetic acid and liquorice miRNAs. After 24 hours, the cells numbers were counted, and the changes of cell morphology were observed. The expression of CD3, CD56 and HLA-DR were analyzed by flow cytometry to identify the change of cell subsets in PBMC.

RESULTS: miRNAs could be extracted from the decoction of dried liquorice which further confirmed the stability of miRNAs. The in vitro culture experiment showed that,compared with the controls, PBMC treated with liquorice miRNAs appeared apparent cell aggregation and increased cell number and HLA-DR+ cells proportion.

CONCLUSION: The miRNAs are successfully extracted from the freeze-dried decoction of dried liquorice. It is indicated that liquorice miRNAs have significant stimulative effects on the growth of PBMC and HLA-DR+ cells subset.

Study Type : Human Study

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