Basic Study
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World J Gastroenterol. Jul 14, 2015; 21(26): 8089-8095
Published online Jul 14, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i26.8089
Liuweiwuling tablets attenuate acetaminophen-induced acute liver injury and promote liver regeneration in mice
Yan-Chang Lei, Wen Li, Pan Luo
Yan-Chang Lei, Department of Infectious Diseases, Zhejiang Hospital, Hangzhou 310013, Zhejiang Province, China
Wen Li, Pan Luo, Infectious Diseases Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang 330006, Jiangxi Province, China
Author contributions: Lei YC designed this research; Lei YC, Li W and Luo P performed this research and analyzed the data; and Lei YC wrote the paper.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Zhejiang Hospital Institutional Review Board.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Yan-Chang Lei, Chief Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, Zhejiang Hospital, No. 12 Lingyin Road, Hangzhou 310013, Zhejiang Province, China. ycleihust@sina.com
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Received: November 30, 2014
Peer-review started: November 30, 2014
First decision: January 8, 2015
Revised: February 4, 2015
Accepted: March 30, 2015
Article in press: March 31, 2015
Published online: July 14, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Clinical studies have shown that Liuweiwuling tablets are effective against a variety of liver injuries; however, its mechanism has not been established, especially for drug-induced liver injury. In this study, we found that Liuweiwuling tablets can attenuate acetaminophen-induced acute liver injury by decreasing inflammatory cytokine levels and promoting liver regeneration. Our results provide direct evidence for the effective therapy of liver damage with Liuweiwuling tablets and their value in clinical applications. Moreover, this is the first report showing that Liuweiwuling tablets can promote liver regeneration.