Abstract Title:

Research review on the pharmacological effects of astragaloside IV.

Abstract Source:

Fundam Clin Pharmacol. 2017 Feb ;31(1):17-36. Epub 2016 Sep 23. PMID: 27567103

Abstract Author(s):

Lei Li, Xiaojiao Hou, Rongfang Xu, Chang Liu, Menbayaer Tu

Article Affiliation:

Lei Li


Astragalus membranaceus Bunge has been used to treat numerous diseases for thousands of years. As the main active substance of Astragalus membranaceus Bunge, astragaloside IV (AS-IV) also demonstrates the potent protective effect on focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, liver fibrosis, and diabetic nephropathy. Based on studies published during the past several decades, the current state of AS-IV research and the pharmacological effects are detailed, elucidated, and summarized. This review systematically summarizes the pharmacological effects, metabolism mechanism, and the toxicity of AS-IV. AS-IV has multiple pharmacologic effects, including anti-inflammatory, antifibrotic, antioxidative stress, anti-asthma, antidiabetes, immunoregulation, and cardioprotective effect via numerous signaling pathways. According to the existing studies and clinical practices, AS-IV possesses potential for broad application in many diseases.

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