Anti-neuroinflammatory activity of Shenqi Fuzheng Injection and its main active constituents

Biosci Trends. 2021 Sep 22;15(4):231-239. doi: 10.5582/bst.2021.01140. Epub 2021 Jun 26.


Enhancement of alternative activation (M2) in microglia is a promising therapeutic target for microglia-mediated neuroinflammation. Shenqi Fuzheng Injection (SFI) is a clinical adjuvant treatment for cancer to reduce the side effects during cancer treatment, including boosting mood and improving appetite. However, the mechanism of SFI's effects on central symptoms is not clear. Therefore, using arginase 1 (Arg1) and transforming growth beta-1 (Tgfb1) as markers for M2 microglia activation, we found that compounds 1, 5, 12, 14, and 15 are the major M2-promoting constituents in SFI, which significantly upregulated Arg1 or Tgfb1 gene expression. Our results suggested that these compounds in SFI may promote M2 microglial activation and have potential uses in modulating microglial activation and alleviating neuroinflammation.

Keywords: Arginase 1 (Arg1); Neuroinflammation; Shenqi Fuzheng Injection (SFI); Transforming growth factor beta-1 (Tgfb1); microglia.