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Choi S.-S.,Chubu University | Cha B.-Y.,Chubu University | Lee Y.-S.,Chubu University | Yonezawa T.,Chubu University | And 4 more authors.
BioFactors | Year: 2012

Honokiol and magnolol, ingredients of Magnolia officinalis, which is used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines, have been reported to have antioxidant, anticancer, and antiangiogenic effects. Effects of these compounds on glucose metabolism in adipocytes have also been reported. However, their effects on skeletal muscle glucose uptake and the underlying molecular mechanisms are still unknown. Here, we investigated the direct effects and signaling pathways activated by honokiol and magnolol in skeletal muscle cells using L6 myotubes. We found that honokiol and magnolol dose-dependently acutely stimulated glucose uptake without synergistic effects of combined administration in L6 myotubes. Treatment with honokiol and magnolol also stimulated glucose transporter-4 translocation to the cell surface. Honokiol- and magnolol-stimulated glucose uptake was blocked by the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase inhibitor, wortmannin. Both honokiol and magnolol stimulated Akt phosphorylation, a key element in the insulin signaling pathway, which was completely inhibited by wortmannin. These results suggest that honokiol and magnolol might have beneficial effects on glucose metabolism by activating the insulin signaling pathway. © 2012 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. Source

Lee Y.-S.,Chubu University | Cha B.-Y.,Chubu University | Saito K.,Chubu University | Yamakawa H.,Chubu University | And 7 more authors.
Biochemical Pharmacology | Year: 2010

Nobiletin is a polymethoxylated flavone found in certain citrus fruits that exhibits various pharmacological effects including anti-inflammatory, antitumor and neuroprotective properties. The present study investigated the effects of nobiletin on insulin sensitivity in obese diabetic ob/. ob mice, and the possible mechanisms involved. The ob/. ob mice were treated with nobiletin (200. mg/kg) for 5 weeks. Nobiletin significantly improved the plasma glucose levels, homeostasis model assessment index, glucose tolerance in an oral glucose tolerance test and plasma adiponectin levels. In white adipose tissue (WAT), nobiletin significantly decreased the mRNA expression levels of inflammatory adipokines such as interleukin (IL)-6 and monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 and increased the mRNA expression levels of adiponectin, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ and its target genes. At the same time, nobiletin increased the glucose transporter (Glut) 4 expression levels in the whole plasma membrane, and Glut1 and phospho-Akt expression in the whole cell lysates in WAT and muscle. Nobiletin also increased Glut4 protein expression level in the whole cell lysates of the muscle. Taken together, the present results suggest that nobiletin improved the hyperglycemia and insulin resistance in obese diabetic ob/. ob mice by regulating expression of Glut1 and Glut4 in WAT and muscle, and expression of adipokines in WAT. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. Source

Choi S.-S.,Chubu University | Cha B.-Y.,Chubu University | Iida K.,Chubu University | Lee Y.-S.,Chubu University | And 5 more authors.
Biochemical Pharmacology | Year: 2011

The nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ plays an important role in adipocyte differentiation. Its ligands, including thiazolidinediones, improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes. We investigated the effects of artepillin C, an ingredient of Baccharis dracunculifolia, on adipogenesis and glucose uptake using 3T3-L1 cells. In PPARγ ligand-binding assays, artepillin C exhibited binding affinity toward PPARγ. Artepillin C dose-dependently enhanced adipocyte differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells. As a result of the artepillin C-induced adipocyte differentiation, the gene expression of PPARγ and its target genes, such as aP2, adiponectin and glucose transporter (GLUT) 4, was increased. These increases were abolished by cotreatment with GW9662, a PPARγ antagonist. In mature 3T3-L1 adipocytes, artepillin C significantly enhanced the basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake. These effects were decreased by cotreatment with a PI3K inhibitor. Although artepillin C had no effects on the insulin signaling cascade, artepillin C enhanced the expression and plasma membrane translocation of GLUT1 and GLUT4 in mature adipocytes. In conclusion, these findings suggest that artepillin C promotes adipocyte differentiation and glucose uptake in part by direct binding to PPARγ, which could be the basis of the pharmacological benefits of green propolis intake in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Lee Y.-S.,Chubu University | Cha B.-Y.,Chubu University | Choi S.-S.,Chubu University | Choi B.-K.,Chubu University | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry | Year: 2013

Nobiletin (NOB) is a polymethoxylated flavone present in citrus fruits and has been reported to have antitumor and anti-inflammatory effects. However, little is known about the effects of NOB on obesity and insulin resistance. In this study, we examined the effects of NOB on obesity and insulin resistance, and the underlying mechanisms, in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese mice. Obese mice were fed a HFD for 8. weeks and then treated without (HFD control group) or with NOB at 10 or 100. mg/kg. NOB decreased body weight gain, white adipose tissue (WAT) weight and plasma triglyceride. Plasma glucose levels tended to decrease compared with the HFD group and improved plasma adiponectin levels and glucose tolerance. Furthermore, NOB altered the expression levels of several lipid metabolism-related and adipokine genes. NOB increased the mRNA expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ, sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c, fatty acid synthase, stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1, PPAR-α, carnitine palmitoyltransferase-1, uncoupling protein-2 and adiponectin, and decreased the mRNA expression of tumor necrosis factor-α and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 in WAT. NOB also up-regulated glucose transporter-4 protein expression and Akt phosphorylation and suppressed IκBα degradation in WAT. Taken together, these results suggest that NOB improves adiposity, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. These effects may be elicited by regulating the expression of lipid metabolism-related and adipokine genes, and by regulating the expression of inflammatory makers and activity of the insulin signaling pathway. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. Source

The purpose of the present invention is to provide a highly safe composition that improves glucose tolerance and sugar metabolism at skeletal muscles, and a prevention/treatment drug for diabetes/metabolic syndrome containing the composition. Provided is a composition that is for improving sugar metabolism and glucose tolerance and that contains a compound represented by formula (I) derived from a plant selected from the group consisting of

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