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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 1589871, 11 pages
Research Article

Erchen Decoction and Linguizhugan Decoction Ameliorate Hepatic Insulin Resistance by Inhibiting IRS-1Ser307 Phosphorylation In Vivo and In Vitro

1Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100010, China
2Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100010, China
3China National Health Development Research Center, Beijing 100019, China
4China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing 100029, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Huicun Zhang; moc.621@827nuciuhgnahz

Received 8 November 2016; Revised 6 January 2017; Accepted 27 February 2017; Published 29 May 2017

Academic Editor: Sérgio F. De Andrade

Copyright © 2017 Huicun Zhang 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.


Erchen decoction (ECD) and Linguizhugan decoction (LGZGD), both are Chinese herbal formula, have been used clinically for the treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). However, their therapeutic mechanisms are still unclear. Because insulin resistance (IR) is a key etiological factor in the pathology of high-fat diet- (HFD-) induced NAFLD, in this study, the protective effects of ECD and LGZGD on HFD-induced insulin resistance in rats were evaluated and their mechanisms were investigated by OGTT and Western blot. The results showed that treatment with ECD and LGZGD significantly improved insulin resistance and liver damage in rats, evidenced by supported serum aminotransferase levels and the histopathological examination. ECD and LGZGD also showed significant protective effects against HFD-induced hyperlipidemia and the inhibition of the hepatocyte proliferation by palmitate. Furthermore, supplementation of ECD and LGZGD decreased TNF-α, NF-κB, and IRS-1Ser307 phosphorylation expressions in vivo and in vitro. These results indicated that ECD and LGZGD have protective effects against HFD-induced liver IR and their underlying mechanisms involve the TNF-α and insulin pathway. These findings would be beneficial for understanding of the therapeutic effects of ECD and LGZGD in treatment of NAFLD.