Quercetin enhances adiponectin secretion by a PPAR-gamma independent mechanism

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To study possible insulin sensitizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects of the flavonol quercetin, rats were fed a high-fat diet (19%, w/w) with (HFQ) or without (HF) 0.03% quercetin or a flavonoid-poor low-fat (5%, w/w) maintenance diet (LF) over 4 weeks. Body weight was measured weekly, and plasma concentrations of adiponectin, leptin, insulin, glucose, triacylglycerols, total cholesterol, as well as of markers of inflammation and oxidative stress were measured (12h fasted) at the end of the feeding period. Adiponectin and peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor (PPAR)-gamma mRNA were measured in adipose tissue (WAT) by real-time RT-PCR. PPAR-gamma transactivation was investigated by means of a reporter gene assay. HF feeding resulted in elevated fasted plasma glucose concentrations, while HFQ did not differ from LF feeding. In the HFQ group plasma concentrations and WAT mRNA levels of adiponectin were elevated compared with the HF group, however, PPAR-gamma mRNA concentration in WAT was decreased (HFQ vs. HF). Compared to both other groups quercetin feeding significantly reduced oxidative stress, measured by plasma 8-iso-PGF(2alpha), while body weight gain, body composition and plasma leptin levels were not affected. Neither quercetin nor its metabolites induced PPAR-gamma-mediated transactivation in vitro. Adiponectin stimulating effects of quercetin are PPAR-gamma-independent and prevent impairment of insulin sensitivity without affecting body weight and composition.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2010

    Research areas

  • Adiponectin, Animals, Blood Glucose, Cells, Cultured, Cholesterol, Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid, Insulin, Leptin, Male, Mice, Oxidative Stress, PPAR gamma, Quercetin, RNA, Messenger, Rats, Rats, Wistar, Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction, Triglycerides

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