PGBR extract ameliorates TNF-α induced insulin resistance in hepatocytes

Fu Chih Chen, Kuo Ping Shen, Jin Bor Chen, Hui Li Lin, Chi Long Hao, Hsueh Wei Yen, Shyh Yu Shaw

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Pre-germinated brown rice (PGBR) could ameliorate metabolic syndrome, however, not much research estimates the effect of PGBR extract on insulin resistance. The aim of this study is to examine the effects of PGBR extract in TNF-α induced insulin resistance. HepG2 cells, hepatocytes, were cultured in DMEM medium and added with 5 μM insulin or with insulin and 30 ng/ml TNF-α or with insulin, TNF-α and PGBR extract (50, 100, 300 μg/ml). The glucose levels of the medium were decreased by insulin, demonstrating insulin promoted glucose uptake into cell. However, TNF-α inhibited glucose uptake into cells treated with insulin. Moreover, insulin increased the protein expressions of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1), phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-α (PI3K-α), serine/threonine kinase PI3K-linked protein kinase B (Akt/PKB), glucose transporter-2 (GLUT-2), glucokinase (GCK), peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) and PPAR-γ. TNF-α activated p65 and MAPKs (JNK1/2 and ERK1/2) which worsened the expressions of AMPK, IRS-1, PI3K-α Akt/PKB, GLUT-2, GCK, glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3), PPAR-α and PPAR-γ. Once this relationship was established, we added PGBR extract to cell with insulin and TNF-α. We found glucose levels of medium were lowered and that the protein expressions of AMPK, IRS-1, PI3K-α Akt/PKB, GLUT-2, GCK, GSK-3, PPAR-α PPAR-γ and p65, JNK1/2 were also recovered. In conclusion, this study found that TNF-α inhibited insulin stimulated glucose uptake and aggravated related proteins expressions, suggesting that it might cause insulin resistance. PGBR extract was found to ameliorate this TNF-α induced insulin resistance, suggesting that it might be used in the future to help control insulin resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalKaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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