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Enantioselective Modulatory Effects of Naringenin  Enantiomers on the Expression Levels of miR‐17‐3p  Involved in Endogenous Antioxidant Defenses

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Department of Drug Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology Section, Pavia University, Viale Taramelli 12, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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KOLINPHARMA S.p.A., Lainate, Corso Europa 5, 20020 Lainate, Italy
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, Via S. Epifanio 14, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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Nutrients 2017, 9(3), 215; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu9030215
Received: 28 November 2016 / Accepted: 24 February 2017 / Published: 28 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Antioxidants in Health and Disease)
Naringenin is a flavanone present in citrus fruit as a mixture of chiral isomers. The numerous biological properties attributed to this compound include antioxidant and anti‐inflammatory activities, even though the molecular mechanisms of these remain unknown. This study aims to evaluate the effects of racemic and enantiomeric naringenin on the expression levels of miR‐17‐3p, miR‐25‐5p and relative mRNA targets, to elucidate the mechanisms underlying these antioxidant and anti‐inflammatory properties. Caco‐2 cells, a well characterized in vitro model which mimics the intestinal barrier, were treated with subtoxic concentrations of racemate and enantiomers. The expression levels of miR‐17‐3p and miR‐25‐5p were determined by Real‐Time PCR and were found to be decreased for both miRNAs. miR‐17‐3p behavior was in agreement with the increased levels of target mRNAs coding for two antioxidant enzymes, manganese‐dependent superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) and glutathione peroxidase 2 (GPx2), while expression levels of miR‐25‐5p were not in agreement with its target mRNAs, coding for two pro‐inflammatory cytokines, Tumor necrosis factor‐alpha (TNF‐α) and Interleukin‐6 (IL‐6). These results lead to the conclusion that naringenin could exert its antioxidant activity through epigenetic regulation operated by miRNAs, while anti‐inflammatory activity is regulated by other miRNAs and/or mechanisms. View Full-Text
Keywords: naringenin racemate; naringenin enantiomers; antioxidant enzymes; pro‐inflammatory  cytokines; caco‐2 cells; microRNA; epigenetics naringenin racemate; naringenin enantiomers; antioxidant enzymes; pro‐inflammatory  cytokines; caco‐2 cells; microRNA; epigenetics
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Curti, V.; Di Lorenzo, A.; Rossi, D.; Martino, E.; Capelli, E.; Collina, S.; Daglia, M. Enantioselective Modulatory Effects of Naringenin  Enantiomers on the Expression Levels of miR‐17‐3p  Involved in Endogenous Antioxidant Defenses. Nutrients 2017, 9, 215.

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