Abstract Title:

Hesperidin ameliorates signs of the metabolic syndrome and cardiac dysfunction via IRS/Akt/GLUT4 signaling pathway in a rat model of diet-induced metabolic syndrome.

Abstract Source:

Eur J Nutr. 2020 May 27. Epub 2020 May 27. PMID: 32462317

Abstract Author(s):

Patoomporn Prasatthong, Sariya Meephat, Siwayu Rattanakanokchai, Sarawoot Bunbupha, Parichat Prachaney, Putcharawipa Maneesai, Poungrat Pakdeechote

Article Affiliation:

Patoomporn Prasatthong


BACKGROUND: Hesperidin has been reported to have biological activities such as antihypertensive, hypoglycemic, and antioxidant effects. This study investigated whether hesperidin could improve signs of the metabolic syndrome and cardiac function in a high-fat diet (HFD) induced metabolic syndrome (MS) in rats.

METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed HFD and 15% fructose for 16 weeks and treated with hesperidin (15 or 30 mg/kg, based on signs of MS from a preliminary study) or metformin, a positive control agent, (100 mg/kg) for the final four weeks. Cardiac function, blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, oral glucose tolerance, serum insulin, and lipid profiles weremeasured. Histomorphometrics of left ventricles, epidydimal fat pads and liver were evaluated. Expressions of phosphorylate insulin receptor substrate1(p-IRS1), p-Akt and GLUT4 in cardiac tissue were determined.

RESULTS: Hesperidin and metformin attenuated MS in HFD rats (p < 0.05). The accumulation of visceral fat pads and fatty liver associated with increases in liver lipid contents and liver enzymes were found in MS rats that were alleviated in hesperidin or metformin-treated groups (p < 0.05). Hesperidin and metformin improved cardiac dysfunction and hypertrophy observed in MS rats (p < 0.05). Restoration of the insulin signaling pathway, IRS/Akt/GLUT4 protein expression, was demonstrated in hesperidin and metformin-treated groups (p < 0.05). Hesperidin (30 mg/kg) was more effective than the lower dose.

CONCLUSION: Hesperidin was effective in reducing signs of MS and alterations of LV hypertrophy and function. These beneficial effects on the heart were associated with the restoration of the cardiac insulin signaling pathway in MS rats.

Study Type : Animal Study

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