Published online Oct 28, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i40.14875
Revised: June 25, 2014
Accepted: July 16, 2014
Published online: October 28, 2014
Core tip: Hepatic fibrosis, as a refractory disease, represents a current threat to global health. To date, no ideal drug therapies have been identified, and drugs for liver fibrosis remain in the exploratory stage of development. Previous experimental and clinical studies showed that Danshao Huaxian capsule (DHC, originally called Handan Ganle) demonstrated efficacy in treating liver fibrosis. In this study, the effect of DHC on the expression of Gremlin and bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP-7) in a liver fibrosis rat model was observed to explore its potential mechanism for treating liver fibrosis. We found that the therapeutic mechanism of DHC for hepatic fibrosis in rats may be associated with inhibition of the expression of Gremlin and up-regulation of the expression of BMP-7.