The effect of Chinese medicine on bone cell activities

Chun Yu Lin, Jui Sheng Sun, Shiow Yunn Sheu, Feng Huei Lin, Yng Jiin Wang, Li Ting Chen

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Abstract

In this experiment, we investigate the biochemical effects of traditional Chinese medicines via an in vitro bone cell culture. Ten different Chinese medicines were used in this study. The rat osteoblast-osteoclast co-culture system was used as the experimental model. After the cells grew to 80% confluence, various tested materials were added. The mitochondria activity of the bone cells after exposure to various preparations of Chinese medicines was determined by colorimetric assay. Biochemical markers such as protein content, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and acid phosphatase (ACP) titer were analyzed to evaluate the bone cell activity. When cultured with various Chinese medicines for 24 hours, only four of these ten Chinese medicines had potential beneficial effects on the bone cell culture; and only Drynaria fortunei (Kunze) J. Sm. had a universal beneficial effect on bone cell metabolism. The major beneficial effect Drynaria fortunei (Kunze) J. Sm. on bone cells is probably mediated by the induction of apoptosis of the osteoclast cell population. Continued study of alterations in gene expression of bone cells caused by Chinese medicines will improve our understanding of bone cell responses to various pharmacological interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-285
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Volume30
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Medicine
Bone and Bones
Polypodiaceae
Osteoclasts
Cell Culture Techniques
Chinese Traditional Medicine
Acid Phosphatase
Coculture Techniques
Osteoblasts
L-Lactate Dehydrogenase
Alkaline Phosphatase
Mitochondria
Theoretical Models
Biomarkers
Pharmacology
Apoptosis
Gene Expression
Population
Proteins

Keywords

  • Apoptosis
  • Chinese Medicine
  • In vitro
  • Osteoblast
  • Osteoclast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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The effect of Chinese medicine on bone cell activities. / Lin, Chun Yu; Sun, Jui Sheng; Sheu, Shiow Yunn; Lin, Feng Huei; Wang, Yng Jiin; Chen, Li Ting.

In: American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 30, No. 2-3, 2002, p. 271-285.

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Lin, Chun Yu ; Sun, Jui Sheng ; Sheu, Shiow Yunn ; Lin, Feng Huei ; Wang, Yng Jiin ; Chen, Li Ting. / The effect of Chinese medicine on bone cell activities. In: American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2002 ; Vol. 30, No. 2-3. pp. 271-285.
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