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Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2017 Apr;23(4):353-360.

[Effects of Kudzu Root plus Cinnamon Granules on prostatic hyperplasia in mice].

[Article in Chinese; Abstract available in Chinese from the publisher]

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Department of Urology, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210001, China.

Abstract

in English, Chinese

Objective:

To explore the effects of Kudzu Root plus Cinnamon Granules (KR+C) on prostatic hyperplasia (PH) in mice.

METHODS:

Sixty 4-week-old Kunming male mice were randomly divided into six groups: blank control, PH model, high-, medium- and low-dose KR+C, and finasteride control. All the mice except those in the blank control group were subcutaneously injected with testosterone propionate (5 mg / [kg·d]) at 7 days after surgical castration. The animals of different groups were treated intragastrically with different doses of KR+C, finasteride, and normal saline respectively for 3 weeks and then sacrificed for weighing of the prostate, calculation of the prostatic index, observation of the morphological changes in the prostate after HE staining, determination of the expressions of FGF2, Ki67 and TGF-β1 by immunohistochemistry, detection of 5α-reductase activity by ELISA, and measurement of the apoptosis index of the prostatic cells by TUNEL.

RESULTS:

Compared with the model controls, the mice of the other groups showed significantly reduced prostatic volume (P <0.05), prostatic index (P <0.05), expressions of FGF2, Ki67 and TGF-β1, and activity of 5 α-reductase (P <0.05), but remarkably increased apoptosis index of the prostatic cells (P <0.05). However, no statistically significant differences were observed in the above parameters between the finasteride control and the three KR+C groups (P>0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

KR+C can reduce the prostatic volume of PH mice by decreasing the activity of 5α- reductase, inhibiting the expressions of FGF2, Ki67 and TGF-β1, and promoting the apoptosis of prostatic cells.

KEYWORDS:

; Kudzu Root Granules ; Kunming mice; Cinnamon Granules; finasteride; prostatic hyperplasia

PMID:
29714422
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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