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[Effect and mechanism of Astragalus membranaceus on coxsackie B3 virus RNA in mice].

[Article in Chinese]

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Shanghai Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Zhong Shan Hospital, Shanghai Medical University.


Using Balb/c mice infected with Coxsackie virus B3 (CVB3) as a model, the effect of Astragalus membranaceus (AM) on CVB3-RNA has been observed in myocardial tissues of mice by RNA-RNA in situ hybridization with negative-strand RNA probes leballing with 35S and quantitative imaging analysis of positive hybridization signals. The mechanism of its effect on CVB3-RNA has also been investigated by induction with AM and detection of beta-interferon (beta-IFN). Results showed that the copy numbers of CVB3-RNA as well as the histologic necrotic sizes in myocardial tissues of AM treated infected mice were significantly smaller than that in infected normal saline treated mice (P < 0.01, P < 0.05) respectively, suggesting that AM could inhibit the replication of CVB3-RNA, but its effect on CVB3-RNA was not correlated with induction of beta-IFN.

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