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Abstract Title:

Oral administration of Jinan Red Ginseng and licorice extract mixtures ameliorates nonalcoholic steatohepatitis by modulating lipogenesis.

Abstract Source:

J Ginseng Res. 2022 Jan ;46(1):126-137. Epub 2021 May 21. PMID: 35058729

Abstract Author(s):

Daram Yang, Hyuneui Jeong, Seung-Mi Hwang, Jong-Won Kim, Hee-Won Moon, Ye-Eun Lee, Hyo-Bin Oh, Chung-Berm Park, Bumseok Kim

Article Affiliation:

Daram Yang


Background: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is one of the main chronic liver diseases. NASH is identified by lipid accumulation, inflammation, and fibrosis. Jinan Red Ginseng (JRG) and licorice have been widely used because of their anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective effects. Hence, this study assessed JRG and licorice extract mixtures' effects on NASH progression.

Methods: Palmitic acid (PA) and the western diet (WD) plus, high glucose-fructose water were used to induceandNASH. Mice were orally administered with JRG-single (JRG-S) and JRG-mixtures (JRG-M; JRG-S + licorice) at 0, 50, 100, 200 or 400 mg/kg/day once a day during the last half-period of diet feeding.

Results: JRG-S and JRG-M reduced NASH-related pathologies in WD-fed mice. JRG-S and JRG-M consistently decreased the mRNA level of genes related with inflammation, fibrosis, and lipid metabolism. The treatment of JRG-S and JRG-M also diminished the SREBP-1c protein levels and the p-AMPK/AMPK ratio. The FAS protein levels were decreased by JRG-M treatment bothandbut not JRG-S.

Conclusion: JRG-M effectively reduced lipogenesis by modulating AMPK downstream signaling. Our findings suggest that this mixture can be used as a prophylactic or therapeutic alternative for the remedy of NASH.

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