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Anti-Obesity Effects of a Prunus persica and Nelumbo nucifera Mixture in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet

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Department of Herbal Pharmacology, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, 26 Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Department of Herbal Pharmacology, College of Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, 26 Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Korea Institute of Science and Technology for Eastern Medicine (KISTEM), NeuMed Inc., 88 Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02440, Korea
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Nutrients 2020, 12(11), 3392; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12113392
Received: 26 September 2020 / Revised: 2 November 2020 / Accepted: 2 November 2020 / Published: 4 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Phytochemicals and Human Health)
Prunus persica and Nelumbo nucifera are major crops cultivated worldwide. In East Asia, both P. persica flowers and N. nucifera leaves are traditionally used for therapeutic purposes and consumed as teas for weight loss. Herein, we investigated the anti-obesity effects of an herbal extract mixture of P. persica and N. nucifera (HT077) and the underlying mechanism using a high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity model. Male C57BL/6 mice were fed a normal diet, HFD, HFD containing 0.02% orlistat (positive control), or HFD containing 0.1, 0.2, or 0.4% HT077 for 12 weeks. HT077 significantly reduced final body weights, weight gain, abdominal fat weights, liver weights, and hepatic levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol. HT077 also lowered glucose, cholesterol, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and leptin levels and increased AST/ALT and adiponectin/leptin ratios and adiponectin levels. Real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that HT077 decreased the expression of lipogenic genes and increased the expression of fatty acid oxidation-related genes in adipose tissue. Our results indicate that HT077 exerts anti-obesity effects and prevents the development of obesity-related metabolic disorders. These beneficial effects might be partially attributed to ameliorating adipokine imbalances and regulating lipid synthesis and fatty acid oxidation in adipose tissue. View Full-Text
Keywords: Prunus persica; Nelumbo nucifera; high-fat diet; adipokine; fatty acid oxidation; lipid synthesis; obesity Prunus persica; Nelumbo nucifera; high-fat diet; adipokine; fatty acid oxidation; lipid synthesis; obesity
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Song, J.; Kim, J.; Park, H.J.; Kim, H. Anti-Obesity Effects of a Prunus persica and Nelumbo nucifera Mixture in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet. Nutrients 2020, 12, 3392. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12113392

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Song J, Kim J, Park HJ, Kim H. Anti-Obesity Effects of a Prunus persica and Nelumbo nucifera Mixture in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet. Nutrients. 2020; 12(11):3392. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12113392

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Song, Jungbin; Kim, Jiye; Park, Hyo J.; Kim, Hocheol. 2020. "Anti-Obesity Effects of a Prunus persica and Nelumbo nucifera Mixture in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet" Nutrients 12, no. 11: 3392. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12113392

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