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TCM substance may trigger arrhythmia


Herbal drugs are one of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Wu Zhu Yu, the dried and nearly ripe fruit of Evodia rutaecarpa, is among the most popular and widely used herbal drugs in TCM. Evodia extract was found to inhibit hERG channels. The aim of the current study was to identify hERG inhibitors in Evodia extract and to investigate their potential proarrhythmic effects. 


Baburin I, Varkevisser R, Schramm A, Saxena P, Beyl S, Szkokan P, Linder T, Stary-Weinzinger A, van der Heyden MAG, Houtman M, Takanari H, Jonsson M, Beekman JHD, Hamburger M, Vos MA, Hering S.: Dehydroevodiamine and hortiamine, alkaloids from the traditional Chinese herbal drug Evodia rutaecarpa, are IKr blockers with proarrhythmic effects in vitro and in vivo. Pharmacological Research Volume 131, May 2018, Pages 150-163; doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.02.024. 

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