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Dietary flavonoids with a catechol structure increase alpha-tocopherol in rats and protect the vitamin from oxidation in vitro
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2006 (English)In: Journal of Lipid Research, ISSN 0022-2275, E-ISSN 1539-7262, Vol. 47, no 12, 2718-2725 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To identify dietary phenolic compounds capable of improving vitamin E status, male Sprague-Dawleyrats were fed for 4 weeks either a basal diet ( control) with 2 g/kg cholesterol and an adequate content of vitamin E or the basal diet fortified with quercetin ( Q), (2)-epicatechin (EC), or (1)-catechin ( C) at concentrations of 2 g/kg. All three catechol derivatives substantially increased concentrations of alpha-tocopherol (alpha-T) in blood plasma and liver. To study potential mechanisms underlying the observed increase of alpha-T, the capacities of the Flavonoids to i) protect alpha-T from oxidation in LDL exposed to peroxyl radicals, ii) reduce alpha-tocopheroxyl radicals (alpha-T-.) in SDS micelles, and iii) inhibit the metabolism of tocopherols in HepG2 cells were determined. All flavonoids protected alpha-T from oxidation in human LDL ex vivo and dose-dependently reduced the concentrations of alpha-T-.. None of the test compounds affected vitamin E metabolism in the hepatocyte cultures. In conclusion, fortification of the diet of Sprague-Dawley rats with Q, EC, or C considerably improved their vitamin E status. The underlying mechanism does not appear to involve vitamin E metabolism but may involve direct quenching of free radicals or reduction of the alpha-T-. by the flavonoids.

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2006. Vol. 47, no 12, 2718-2725 p.
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(+)-catechin, cytochrome P-450, (-)-epicatechin, hepatocytes, HepG2, quercetin, tocopherol-omega-hydroxylase, tocopheroxyl radical
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-39748DOI: 10.1194/jlr.M600291-JLR200ISI: 000242100800012PubMedID: 16951402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-39748DiVA: diva2:67648
Available from: 2007-07-10 Created: 2007-07-10 Last updated: 2011-05-06Bibliographically approved

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