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Recent Advances in Research on Active Compounds Against Hepatic Fibrosis

[ Vol. 31 , Issue. 18 ]


Chuang Liu, Siqi Li, Changhao Zhang and Cheng-Hua Jin*   Pages 2571 - 2628 ( 58 )


Background: Almost all chronic liver diseases cause fibrosis, which can lead to cirrhosis and eventually liver cancer. Liver fibrosis is now considered to be a reversible pathophysiological process and suppression of fibrosis is necessary to prevent liver cancer. At present, no specific drugs have been found that have hepatic anti-fibrotic activity.

Objective: The research progress of anti-hepatic fibrosis compounds in recent ten years was reviewed to provide a reference for the design and development of anti-hepatic fibrosis drugs.

Methods: According to the structure of the compounds, they are divided into monocyclic compounds, fused-heterocyclic compounds, and acyclic compounds.

Results: In this article, the natural products and synthetic compounds with anti-fibrotic activity in recent ten years were reviewed, with emphasis on their pharmacological activity and structure-activity relationship (SAR).

Conclusion: Most of these compounds are natural active products and their derivatives, and there are few researches on synthetic compounds and SAR studies on natural product.


Liver fibrosis, chronic liver diseases, cirrhosis, SAR, HSC, collagen I.


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