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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 8363295, 11 pages
Research Article

Exploring the Mechanism of Danshen against Myelofibrosis by Network Pharmacology and Molecular Docking

1College of First Clinical Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan 250014, Shandong, China
2College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan 250014, Shandong, China
3Department of Oncology, Weifang Traditional Chinese Hospital, Weifang 261041, Shandong, China
4College of Basic Medicine, Qingdao University, 308 Ningxia Road, Qingdao 266071, Shandong, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Changgang Sun; moc.621@rotcodgcs

Received 26 July 2018; Revised 19 October 2018; Accepted 12 November 2018; Published 5 December 2018

Academic Editor: Takao Namiki

Copyright © 2018 Jie Li 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.


Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge), a natural powerful drug for various conditions treatment, has traditionally been used in Asian countries for centuries as anticancer agent, anti-inflammatory agent, and antioxidant. More recently, it is explored in combination with other herbs for skeletal diseases therapy; bone-targeting compounds with pharmacological activities have been isolated from various sources of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including Danshen. In this case, some evidence supports that Danshen may treat myelofibrosis (MF) by exerting its antitumor effect. To study the specific mechanism of Danshen in the treatment of MF, we used bioinformatics databases to determine its active ingredients. Then, identification of target proteins related to MF was made using a network pharmacology analysis platform. In our results, 20 key active compounds and 457 key targets of Danshen were identified. In-depth network analysis of the top diseases, functions, and pathways suggested that a common underlying mechanism linked Danshen involvement with MF. Finally, 5 potential targets were confirmed by the analysis; these 5 targets, as well as 20 previously identified compounds, were subjected to molecular docking experiments. The results indicated that cryptotanshinone of Danshen may affect MF by acting on the key genes in the JAK-STAT signalling pathway and the TGF-β signalling pathway.