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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 160168, 10 pages
Research Article

Expression Profiling and Proteomic Analysis of JIN Chinese Herbal Formula in Lung Carcinoma H460 Xenografts

1College of Basic Medicine and School of Pharmacy, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210029, China
2Zhejiang California International Nanosystems Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
3School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
4Department of Pharmacology and Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, 1510 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

Received 28 March 2013; Revised 8 July 2013; Accepted 17 July 2013

Academic Editor: Aiping Lu

Copyright © 2013 Luyu Zheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Many traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formulae have been used in cancer therapy. The JIN formula is an ancient herbal formula recorded in the classic TCM book Jin Kui Yao Lue (Golden Chamber). The JIN formula significantly delayed the growth of subcutaneous human H460 xenografted tumors in vivo compared with the growth of mock controls. Gene array analysis of signal transduction in cancer showed that the JIN formula acted on multiple targets such as the mitogen-activated protein kinase, hedgehog, and Wnt signaling pathways. The coformula treatment of JIN and diamminedichloroplatinum (DDP) affected the stress/heat shock pathway. Proteomic analysis showed 36 and 84 differentially expressed proteins between the mock and DDP groups and between the mock and JIN groups, respectively. GoMiner analysis revealed that the differentially expressed proteins between the JIN and mock groups were enriched during cellular metabolic processes, and so forth. The ones between the DDP and mock groups were enriched during protein-DNA complex assembly, and so forth. Most downregulated proteins in the JIN group were heat shock proteins (HSPs) such as HSP90AA1 and HSPA1B, which could be used as markers to monitor responses to the JIN formula therapy. The mechanism of action of the JIN formula on HSP proteins warrants further investigation.