Journal of Natural Medicines

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 217–224 | Cite as

Inhibitory effect of Yunnan traditional medicines on hepatitis C viral polymerase

  • Michiko Jo
  • Norio Nakamura
  • Nobuko Kakiuchi
  • Katsuko Komatsu
  • Ming-hua Qui
  • Kumiko Shimotohno
  • Kunitada Shimotohno
  • Masao HattoriEmail author
Original Paper


For the purpose of developing novel anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) agents from natural resources, 93 Yunnan crude drugs were screened for their inhibitory effects on RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) of HCV. Although 71 methanol extracts and 50 water extracts inhibited HCV-RdRp by more than 50% at a concentration of 50 μg/ml, the majority of them contained a high percentage of tannins. However, methanol extracts of Plumbago zeylanica (branch), Maytenus fookerii (leaf) and Huashidancha (Y61, branch and leaf), and water extracts of Potentilla griffithii (whole plant) and Salvia yunnanensis (underground part), having IC50 values of less than 10 μg/ml, showed less than 10% tannin content. In addition, from a methanol extract of Tripterygium hypoglaucum (root bark), demethylzeylasteral was isolated as a strongly inhibitory substance against HCV-RdRp.


Tripterygium hypoglaucum Demethylzeylasteral Hepatitis C virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase Yunnan crude drugs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michiko Jo
    • 1
  • Norio Nakamura
    • 1
  • Nobuko Kakiuchi
    • 2
  • Katsuko Komatsu
    • 1
  • Ming-hua Qui
    • 3
  • Kumiko Shimotohno
    • 4
  • Kunitada Shimotohno
    • 5
  • Masao Hattori
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Natural MedicineUniversity of ToyamaToyamaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesKanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan
  3. 3.Kunming Institute of BotanyThe Chinese Academy of SciencesKunmingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Kyoritsu University of PharmacyTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Department of Viral Oncology, Institute for Virus ResearchKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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