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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 238495, 9 pages
Research Article

Dynamical Regulation Analysis Identifies Molecular Mechanisms of Fuzheng-Huayu Formula against Hepatitis B-Caused Liver Cirrhosis

1Research Center for TCM Complexity System, Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China
2Institute of Liver Diseases, Shuguang Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China
3Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China

Received 4 August 2014; Revised 20 September 2014; Accepted 21 September 2014

Academic Editor: Qing He

Copyright © 2015 Qi-Long Chen 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.


Fuzheng-Huayu (FZHY) tablet was formulated based on Chinese medicine theory in treating liver fibrosis. A clinical trial has indicated that FZHY can against hepatitis B-caused liver cirrhosis (HBC), but the underlying mechanism of FZHY efficacy is unclear. Here, we report that miRNA expression levels are remarkably changed when FZHY formula was used in HBC patient’s treatment as a paradigm of trials. Then, we functionally characterize the significant impact of potential kernel miRNAs by miRNA-target network analysis. Enrichment analysis show that the FZHY formula dramatically effecting the molecular regulated module in HBC. Thus, we infer that FZHY plays a critical function in HBC treatment process and directly regulated many important pathways, including but not limited to cell cycle, p53 signaling pathway, and TGF-β signaling pathway, suggesting a new strategy for investigating the molecular mechanism of FZHY treatment.