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Int J Mol Med. 2012 Jan;29(1):113-8. doi: 10.3892/ijmm.2011.789. Epub 2011 Sep 1.

The metabolic syndrome of fructose-fed rats: effects of long-chain polyunsaturated ω3 and ω6 fatty acids. II. Time course of changes in food intake, body weight, plasma glucose and insulin concentrations and insulin resistance.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Es-Sénia University, Oran, Algeria.

Abstract

The time course for changes in food intake, body weight, plasma glucose and insulin concentrations and HOMA index was monitored over a period of 8 weeks in rats exposed from the 8th week after birth to diets containing either starch or fructose and sunflower oil. In two further groups of rats exposed to the fructose-rich diet part of the sunflower oil was substituted by either salmon oil rich in long-chain polyunsaturated ω3 fatty acids or safflower oil rich in long-chain polyunsaturated ω6 fatty acids. Despite lower food intake, the gain in body weight was higher in fructose-fed rats than in starch-fed rats. The supplementation of the fructose-rich diet by either ω3 or ω6 fatty acids lowered both food intake and body weight gain. The measurements of plasma glucose and insulin concentrations, HOMA index and insulinogenic index performed after overnight starvation were in fair agreement with those recorded at the occasion of an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test, with higher values for plasma glucose concentration and HOMA index in the fructose-fed rats exposed to the sunflower oil (with or without enrichment with ω6 fatty acids) than in the starch-fed rats exposed to the sunflower oil or fructose-fed rats exposed to a diet enriched with ω3 fatty acids. Such was also the case for the measurements of glycated albumin at sacrifice. Moreover, the insulinogenic index was lower in the fructose-fed rats with or without dietary enrichment in ω6 fatty acids than in the fructose-fed rats with dietary enrichment in ω3 fatty acids. The elucidation of the biochemical determinants of the later difference requires further investigations in isolated pancreatic islets.

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