Wu-Chia-Pi solution attenuates carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic injury through the antioxidative abilities of its components acteoside and quercetin

Steven Kuan Hua Huan, Kun Teng Wang, Chia Jung Lee, Chun Hsien Sung, Ting Yi Chien, Ching Chiung Wang

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Wu-Chia-Pi medicated wine, composed nine Chinese medicines soaked in 35% alcohol, is widely used in Asia for its health-promoting functions. However, long-term consumption of alcohol could result in liver dysfunction. In this study, Wu-Chia-Pi solution (WCPS) and extract (WCPE) were prepared by modification of the principals given by the Committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy in Taiwan. The aim of this study was to explore the protective effect of WCPS against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver injury and to clarify its active component(s). Antioxidative effects of the test samples were evaluated via MDA inhibition, catalase activity and DPPH-scavenging assays. HPLC was used to analysis the active components. Results showed that WCPS (1 and 5 mL/kg) significantly prevented CCl4-induced liver injury without chronic liver toxicity. Referring to the antioxidative activities, WCPE displayed significant MDA inhibitory and DPPH-scavenging activities with IC50 values of 0.91 ± 0.03 and 0.60 ± 0.04 mg/mL, respectively. Catalase activity was also enhanced by treatment of WCPE, acteoside and quercetin. Therefore, we suggest that acteoside and quercetin are the major contributors to the antioxidative and hepatoprotective activities of WCPS, and a possible mechanism could be mediated through reduction of oxidative stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14673-14684
Number of pages12
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012



  • Acteoside
  • Antioxidative activities
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Hepatoprotection
  • Quercetin
  • Wu-Chia-Pi solution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Medicine(all)

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