Effect of Panax ginseng extract on the activity of diabetic fibroblasts in vitro

Sik Namgoong, Hyunsu Lee, Seung Kyu Han, Hyup Woo Lee, Seong Ho Jeong, Eun Sang Dhong

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    Numerous studies have demonstrated the various medicinal properties of Panax ginseng, including angiogenic, immuno-stimulating, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory activities, which can be helpful in chronic wound healing. However, a direct role for P. ginseng in chronic wound healing has not been demonstrated. The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of P. ginseng extract on diabetic fibroblasts in vitro. Human diabetic fibroblasts were cultured in the presence of Ginsenoside Rb1 (G-Rb1), the active component in P. ginseng (10 ng/mL), and untreated diabetic fibroblasts were used as controls. Cell proliferation, collagen synthesis, the production of various growth factors (basic fibroblast growth factor [bFGF]; vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF]; and transforming growth factor-β1 [TGF-β1]), and the synthesis of matrix metalloproteinase 1 (MMP-1) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP-1) were compared using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunofluorescence staining. Compared with the control group, G-Rb1-treated fibroblasts showed significantly (P < 0.05) higher levels of cell proliferation, collagen synthesis, VEGF, TGF-β1, and TIMP-1. However, no significant differences in bFGF and MMP-1 levels were observed between the two groups. These results suggest that P. ginseng treatment may stimulate the wound-healing activity of diabetic fibroblasts in vitro.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)737-745
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Wound Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun


    • Panax ginseng
    • diabetic fibroblast
    • wound healing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Dermatology


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