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J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Aug 2;171:4-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.05.027. Epub 2015 May 25.

Effect of Centaurium erythraea Rafn, Artemisia herba-alba Asso and Trigonella foenum-graecum L. on liver fat accumulation in C57BL/6J mice with high-fat diet-induced type 2 diabetes.

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1
Département de Pharmacologie, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France; Département de Nutrition, Université des frères Mentouri, INATAA, Constantine, Algerie. Electronic address: nawelc2001@yahoo.fr.
2
Département de Pharmacologie, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.
3
Bordeaux Imaging Center, UMS 3420 CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.
4
Unité de pathologie fœtoplacentaire, Université de Bordeaux, CHU de Bordeaux, Hôpital Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France.
5
Service de Nutrition Diabétologie et Maladies Métaboliques, CHU de Bordeaux, Haut-Levèque, Bordeaux, France.
6
Département de Pharmacologie, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. Electronic address: nicholas.moore@u-bordeaux.fr.

Abstract

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE:

Centaurium erythraea Rafn (CE), Artemisia herba-alba Asso (AHA) and Trigonella foenum-graecum L. (TFG) are traditionally used to treat type 2 diabetes in Algeria, previous studies have found that extracts of these plants were effective to treat or prevent experimental diabetes induced by high-fat diet (HFD).

AIM OF THE STUDY:

Describe the additional effects of these extracts on lipid tissue deposition in HFD.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Male C57BL/6J mice were fed with HFD to induce type 2 Diabetes. Groups of mice were given plant extracts orally at 2g/kg/bodyweight daily for 20 weeks during establishment of diabetes, or for 18 weeks after confirmation of diabetes at the 17th week. Liver and other tissue samples were stained with Oil Red O.

RESULTS:

Liver steatosis was confirmed with HFD. CE, AHA and TFG extracts improved liver steatosis by the end of the preventive (20 weeks) and curative periods (35 weeks). This was most marked for CE extract (p<0.05), less so with TFG and AHA. No steatosis was found in other tissues.

CONCLUSION:

CE extract had a clear hepatoprotective effect in this mouse model of diet-induced type 2 diabetes. AHA and TFG had a minimal or no significant effect on steatosis. Beyond its effect as an antidiabetic agent, CE may also be promising to prevent or treat non-alcoholic liver steatosis.

KEYWORDS:

Artemisia herba-alba; Centaurium erythraea; High fat diet; Mice; Non-alcoholic liver steatosis; Trigonella foenum-graecum; Type 2 diabetes/therapy/prevention

PMID:
26023031
DOI:
10.1016/j.jep.2015.05.027
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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