Abstract Title:

Chrysin ameliorates hepatic steatosis induced by a diet deficient in methionine and choline by inducing the secretion of hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α-dependent very low-density lipoprotein.

Abstract Source:

J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2020 Jul ;34(7):e22497. Epub 2020 Mar 27. PMID: 32220030

Abstract Author(s):

Yu Song, Wangfei Wu, Liang Sheng, Bijie Jiang, Xiao Li, Keshu Cai

Article Affiliation:

Yu Song


We investigated the effects of chrysin (CHR) on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in mice. The NAFLD mouse model was established using a diet deficient in methionine and choline (MCD). CHR was shown to attenuate MCD-induced hepatic fat accumulation, increase very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) secretion, and decrease hepatic oxidative stress in NAFLD mice. Inhibition of oxidative stress or direct suppression of protein kinase C (PKC) by CHR significantly reduced PKC activity in the liver, leading to a decrease in inhibitory phosphorylation of hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α (HNF4α). The resulting activation of HNF4α led to induced transcription of apolipoprotein B and VLDL secretion. Together, these results show that CHR effectively ameliorates MCD-induced fatty liver in NAFLD mice by targeting the hepatic oxidative stress/PKC/HNF4α signaling pathway.

Study Type : Animal Study

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