Abstract Title:

Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties of Tart Cherry Consumption in the Heart of Obese Rats.

Abstract Source:

Biology (Basel). 2022 Apr 23 ;11(5). Epub 2022 Apr 23. PMID: 35625374

Abstract Author(s):

Ilenia Martinelli, Daniele Tomassoni, Vincenzo Bellitto, Proshanta Roy, Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura, Francesco Amenta, Consuelo Amantini, Carlo Cifani, Seyed Khosrow Tayebati

Article Affiliation:

Ilenia Martinelli


Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, frequently related to oxidative stress and inflammation. Dietary antioxidant compounds improve heart health. Here, we estimate the oxidative grade and inflammation in the heart of dietary-induced obese (DIO) rats after exposure to a high-fat diet compared to a standard diet. The effects of tart cherry seed powder and seed powder plus tart cherries juice were explored. Morphological analysis and protein expressions were performed in the heart. The oxidative status was assessed by the measurement of protein oxidation and 4-hydroxynonenal in samples. Immunochemical and Western blot assays were performed to elucidate the involved inflammatory markers as proinflammatory cytokines and cellular adhesion molecules. In the obese rats, cardiomyocyte hypertrophy was accompanied by an increase in oxidative state proteins and lipid peroxidation. However, the intake of tart cherries significantly changed these parameters. An anti-inflammatory effect was raised from tart cherry consumption, as shown by the downregulation of analyzed endothelial cell adhesion molecules and cytokines compared to controls. Tart cherry intake should be recommended as a dietary supplement to prevent or counteract heart injury in obese conditions.

Study Type : Animal Study

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