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Endometriosis is one of the most common benign gynecologic diseases. Paeoniae Radix Alba (PRA) has been utilized to treat endometriosis. We wished to identify potential targets for PRA in the treatment of endometriosis, as well as to provide a groundwork for future studies into its pharmacological mechanism of action. Network pharmacology was employed to conduct investigations on PRA. Target proteins were chosen from the components of PRA for endometriosis treatment. A protein-protein interaction (PPI) was established using overlapping genes. Analyses of enrichment of function and signaling pathways were undertaken using the Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes databases to select "hub genes." Finally, the feasibility of analysis based on network pharmacology was determined using real-time reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blotting. We demonstrated that PRA has 25 bioactive components and 167 putative targets that are therapeutically important. The anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting actions of tumor necrosis factor, albumin, signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)3, mitogen-activated protein kinase, Jun, interleukin (IL)-1B, prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2, matrix metalloproteinase-9, vascular endothelial growth factor A, and IL-6 were identified as prospective targets. Seven major compounds in PRA and related to the STAT3 pathway could bind spontaneously to it. RT-qPCR and western blotting showed that expression of STAT3 and phospho-STAT3 was reduced significantly after PRA intervention. Hence, analyses of the active components of traditional Chinese medicine formulations through network pharmacology may open up new ideas for the treatment of diseases. © 2022. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Society for Reproductive Investigation.


Yuting Sun, Junhong Cai, Shun Ding, Shan Bao. Network Pharmacology Was Used to Predict the Active Components and Prospective Targets of Paeoniae Radix Alba for Treatment in Endometriosis. Reproductive sciences (Thousand Oaks, Calif.). 2023 Apr;30(4):1103-1117

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