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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 7594805, 12 pages
Research Article

Identification of Tengfu Jiangya Tablet Target Biomarkers with Quantitative Proteomic Technique

1Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 4655 Daxue Road, Changqing District, Jinan, Shandong, China
2Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 16369 Jingshi Road, Lixia District, Jinan, Shandong, China
3Affiliated Hospital of Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, 38 Shadowless Hill Road, Tianqiao District, Jinan, Shandong, China
4Shandong Tumor Hospital, 440 Jiyan Road, Jinan, Huaiyin District, Shandong, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yunlun Li; moc.liamtoh@eel.nulnuy

Received 14 October 2016; Accepted 8 February 2017; Published 20 March 2017

Academic Editor: Dolores García Giménez

Copyright © 2017 Jingwen Xu 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.


Tengfu Jiangya Tablet (TJT) is a well accepted antihypertension drug in China and its major active components were Uncaria total alkaloids and Semen Raphani soluble alkaloid. To further explore treatment effects mechanism of TJT on essential hypertension, a serum proteomic study was performed. Potential biomarkers were quantified in serum of hypertension individuals before and after taking TJT with isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) coupled two-dimensional liquid chromatography followed electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (2D LC-MS/MS) proteomics technique. Among 391 identified proteins with high confidence, 70 proteins were differentially expressed (fold variation criteria, >1.2 or <0.83) between two groups (39 upregulated and 31 downregulated). Combining with Gene Ontology annotation, KEGG pathway analysis, and literature retrieval, 5 proteins were chosen as key target biomarkers during TJT therapeutic process. And the alteration profiles of these 5 proteins were verified by ELISA and Western Blot. Proteins Kininogen 1 and Keratin 1 are members of Kallikrein system, while Myeloperoxidase, Serum Amyloid protein A, and Retinol binding protein 4 had been reported closely related to vascular endothelial injury. Our study discovered 5 target biomarkers of the compound Chinese medicine TJT. Secondly, this research initially revealed the antihypertension therapeutic mechanism of this drug from a brand-new aspect.