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J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Sep 11;61(36):8565-72. doi: 10.1021/jf402004x. Epub 2013 Aug 30.

Green tea polyphenols alleviate obesity in broiler chickens through the regulation of lipid-metabolism-related genes and transcription factor expression.

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Key Laboratory of Tea Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Education, Anhui Agricultural University , 130 West Changjiang Road, Hefei 230036, Anhui, People's Republic of China.


The current study investigated the effects of green tea polyphenols (GTPs) on lipid metabolism and its mechanisms using broiler chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). A total of 36 male chickens (35 days old) had been subjected to an oral administration of GTPs at a dosage of 0, 50 (low), and 100 (high) mg/kg of body weight for 20 days. Our results showed that GTPs significantly decreased the abdominal and subcutaneous fat masses of broilers and reduced the serum triglyceride, total cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels compared to those of the control. Furthermore, the expression levels for lipid anabolism genes were significantly downregulated, while the expression levels of fat transportation and catabolism-related genes, carnitine palmitoyl transferase I (CPT-I), acyl-CoA oxidase 1 (ACOX1), and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-╬▒ (PPAR╬▒) in liver, adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) in abdominal fat, and lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in skeletal muscles, were notably upregulated. Our data have revealed that GTPs alleviate obesity and serum lipid levels in broiler chickens by suppressing fatty acid synthesis and stimulating lipolysis.

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