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Open Access Research article

Effects of Eleutheroside B and Eleutheroside E on activity of cytochrome P450 in rat liver microsomes

Sixun Guo1, Yan Liu1, Zhiping Lin1, Sheng Tai2, Shuo Yin1 and Gaofeng Liu1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Pharmacy, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin 150086, China

2 Department of General Surgery, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin 150086, China

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BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014, 14:1  doi:10.1186/1472-6882-14-1

Published: 2 January 2014

Abstract

Background

Chemicals of herbal products may cause unexpected toxicity or adverse effect by the potential for alteration of the activity of CYP450 when co-administered with other drugs. Eleutherococcus senticosus (ES), has been widely used as a traditional herbal medicine and popular herbal dietary supplements, and often co-administered with many other drugs. The main bioactive constituents of ES were considered to be eleutherosides including eleutheroside B (EB) and eleutheroside E (EE). This study was to investigate the effects of EB and EE on CYP2C9, CYP2D6, CYP2E1 and CYP3A4 in rat liver microsomes in vitro.

Method

Probe drugs of tolbutamide (TB), dextromethorphan (DM), chlorzoxazone (CLZ) and testosterone (TS) as well as eleutherosides of different concentrations were added to incubation systems of rat liver microsomes in vitro. After incubation, validated HPLC methods were used to quantify relevant metabolites.

Results

The results suggested that EB and EE exhibited weak inhibition against the activity of CYP2C9 and CYP2E1, but no effects on CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 activity. The IC50 values for EB and EE were calculated to be 193.20 μM and 188.36 μM for CYP2E1, 595.66 μM and 261.82 μM for CYP2C9, respectively. Kinetic analysis showed that inhibitions of CYP2E1 by EB and EE were best fit to mixed-type with Ki value of 183.95 μM and 171.63 μM, respectively.

Conclusions

These results indicate that EB and EE may inhibit the metabolism of drugs metabolized via CYP2C9 and CYP2E1, and have the potential to increase the toxicity of the drugs.

Keywords:
Eleutheroside B; Eleutheroside E; Cytochrome P450; In vitro