N-3 fatty acids combined with flavan-3-ols prevent steatosis and liver injury in a murine model of NAFLD

Vauzour, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5952-8756, Rodriguez Ramiro, Ildefonso, Rushbrook, Simon, Ipharraguerre, Ignacio R., Bevan, Damon, Davies, Susan, Tejera, Noemi, Mena, Pedro, de Pascual-Teresa, Sonia, Del Rio, Daniele, Gavrilovic, Jelena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5312-1784 and Minihane, Anne-Marie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9042-4226 (2018) N-3 fatty acids combined with flavan-3-ols prevent steatosis and liver injury in a murine model of NAFLD. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of Disease, 1864 (1). pp. 69-78. ISSN 0925-4439

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Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects 25% of adults and at present no licensed medication has been approved. Despite its complex patho-physiology, dietary strategies aiming at delaying or preventing NAFLD have taken a reductionist approach, examining the impact of single components. Accumulating evidence suggests that n-3 LC-PUFAs are efficacious in regulating lipogenesis and fatty acid oxidation. In addition, plant derived flavonoids are also emerging as a dietary strategy for NAFLD prevention, with efficacy attributed to their insulin sensitising and indirect antioxidant effects. Based on knowledge of their complementary molecular targets, we aimed to demonstrate that the combination of n-3 LC-PUFA (n-3) and flavan-3-ols (FLAV) prevents NAFLD. In a high-fat high-fructose (HF/HFr) fed C57Bl/6 J mouse model, the independent and interactive impact of n-3 and FLAV on histologically defined NAFLD, insulin sensitivity, weight gain, intestinal and hepatic gene expression, intestinal bile acids were examined. Only the combination of FLAV and n-3 (FLAVn-3) prevented steatosis as evidenced by a strong reduction in hepatocyte ballooning. While FLAV reduced body (− 28–30%), adipose tissue (− 45–50%) weights and serum insulin (− 22–25%) as observed following an intra-peritoneal glucose tolerance test, n-3 downregulated the expression of Srebf1 and the lipogenic genes (Acaca, Fasn). Significant impacts of interventions on intestinal bile acid metabolism, farnesoid X receptor (Fxr) signalling in the intestine and liver, and hepatic expression of fatty acid transporters (Fabp4, Vldlr, Cd36) were also evident. FLAVn-3 may be a novel intervention for NAFLD. Future research should aim to demonstrate its efficacy in the prevention and treatment of human NAFLD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fish oil,flavonoids,srebp-1c,bile acids,nash,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Cells and Tissues
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Nutrition and Preventive Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Gastroenterology and Gut Biology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 00:29
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 02:04
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65107
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2017.10.002

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