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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 8591656, 11 pages
Research Article

Yi-Zhi-Fang-Dai Formula Protects against Aβ1–42 Oligomer Induced Cell Damage via Increasing Hsp70 and Grp78 Expression in SH-SY5Y Cells

1Geriatrics Department of Chinese Medicine, Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2Department of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
3Department of Neurology, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
4Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Pharmacy, Shanghai, China

Received 28 May 2016; Revised 25 August 2016; Accepted 15 September 2016

Academic Editor: Sai W. Seto

Copyright © 2016 Lumei Liu 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.


Yi-Zhi-Fang-Dai formula (YZFDF) is an experiential prescription used to cure dementia cases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In this study, the main effective compounds of YZFDF have been identified from this formula, and the neuroprotective effect against oligomer of YZFDF has been tested in SH-SY5Y cells. Our results showed that YZFDF could increase cell viability and could attenuate endothelial reticula- (ER-) mediated apoptosis. Evidence indicated that protein folding and endothelial reticula stress (ERS) played an important role in the AD pathological mechanism. We further explored the expression of Hsp70, an important molecular chaperon facilitating the folding of other proteins, and Grp78, the marker protein of ERS in SH-SY5Y cells. Data told us that YZFDF pretreatment could influence the mRNA and protein expression of these two proteins. At last, we also found that YZFDF pretreatment could activate Akt in SH-SY5Y cells. All these above indicate that YZFDF could be a potent therapeutic candidate for AD treatment.