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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 7602962, 8 pages
Research Article

ShenShuai II Recipe Attenuates Apoptosis and Renal Fibrosis in Chronic Kidney Disease by Increasing Renal Blood Flow and Improving Oxygen Consumption

Meng Wang,1,2 Jing Yang,1,2 Yuan Zhou,1,2 and Chen Wang1,2,3

1Department of Nephrology, Shuguang Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
2Key Laboratory of Liver and Kidney Diseases, Chinese Ministry of Education, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
3TCM Institute of Kidney Disease, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Chen Wang; moc.621@24gnawnehc

Received 17 September 2018; Revised 20 October 2018; Accepted 3 December 2018; Published 13 December 2018

Academic Editor: Yong C. Boo

Copyright © 2018 Meng Wang 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.


Background. Hypoxia plays a significant role in the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and renal fibrosis. In China, Chinese herbal medicine has been widely used to treat CKD. ShenShuai II Recipe (SSR) is a commonly used prescription which has shown good results against CKD. However, the exact mechanisms of SSR are still unknown. In this study, chronic renal failure (CRF) was induced in rats by the 5/6 renal ablation/infarction (A/I) surgery; we investigated the efficacy and mechanisms of SSR on CKD in the current study. Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into the four groups: (1) sham operation group, (2) 5/6 (A/I) model group, (3) 5/6 (A/I) +SSR group, and (4) 5/6 (A/I) +Losartan group (5/6 (A/I) +Los). After 8 weeks of treatment, we evaluated renal blood flow (RBF) and oxygen consumption along with renal function, apoptosis, and renal fibrosis. Our results showed that SSR significantly improved RBF and reduced intrarenal oxygen consumption and apoptosis. Moreover, SSR markedly attenuated interstitial fibrosis, accompanied by decreased levels of serum creatinine (Scr), serum uric acid (UA), increased hemoglobin (HB), and evaluated glomerular filtration rates (eGFRs). These results suggest that SSR could mediate renal protection by improving intrarenal hypoxia and, furthermore, participate in the antiapoptotic effects by downregulating apoptosis markers (cleaved caspase-3 and the ratio of Bax/Bcl2) in 5/6 (A/I) model with CRF rats.