Docking Studies on Potential Mechanisms for Decreasing Insulin Resistance by the Tangzhiqing Herbal Formula.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020 ;2020:1057648. Epub 2020 Oct 9. PMID: 33133211
Insulin resistance (IR) is considered as one of the principal pathways of type 2 diabetes mellitus pathogenesis and is associated with a series of abnormal signaling pathways. Tangzhiqing (TZQ) herbal formula is a well-known antidiabetic traditional Chinese medicine and has been used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus and prediabetes for many years in China. We selected 13 natural products as representative compounds of the main active components in TZQ to investigate the interaction of these natural products with key signal proteins associated with IR using two different docking calculations. Salvianolic acids A and C (phenolic acids from), rutin (a flavonoid from), paeoniflorin (a saponin from), and quercitrin (a flavonoid from) showed great docking abilities towards multiple target proteins. These results have contributed to a clearer understanding regarding the regulation mechanism of TZQ on IR and have provided direction for further pharmacological studies.