Xanthohumol and 8-prenylnaringenin ameliorate diabetic-related metabolic dysfunctions in mice

Raquel Costa, Ilda Rodrigues, Luísa Guardão, Sílvia Rocha-Rodrigues, Carolina Silva, José Magalhães, Manuel Ferreira-de-Almeida, Rita Negrão, Raquel Soares*

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Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic disease characterized by metabolic disturbances in specific tissues. The present work aimed to analyze the effects of xanthohumol (XN) and 8-prenylnaringenin (8PN), two beer-derived polyphenols, in liver and skeletal muscle lipid and glycolytic metabolism in T2DM mice model. Thirty C57Bl/6 mice were randomly divided into five groups: standard diet (control), high-fat diet (DM), high-fat diet plus ethanol (DM-Ethanol), high-fat diet plus 10 mg/L XN (DM-XN) and high-fat diet plus 10 mg/L 8PN (DM-8PN) during 20 weeks. Fasting blood glucose and insulin tolerance tests were performed 1 week before sacrifice. At the end of the study, blood, liver and skeletal muscle were collected. Both XN and 8PN treatments prevented body weight gain; decreased glycemia, triglyceride, cholesterol and alkaline phosphatase levels; and improved insulin sensitivity. Polyphenols promoted hepatic and skeletal muscle AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation, diminishing the expression of target lipogenic enzymes (sterol regulatory element binding protein-1c and fatty acid synthase) and acetyl-CoA carboxylase activity. Moreover, both XN and 8PN treatments decreased VEGFR-1/VEGFB pathway, involved in fatty acid uptake, and increased AS160 expression, involved in GLUT4 membrane translocation. Presented data demonstrated that both XN and 8PN treatment resulted in AMPK signaling pathway activation, thus suppressing lipogenesis. Their consumption prevented body weight gain and improved plasma lipid profile, with significant improvement of insulin resistance and glucose tolerance. XN- or 8PN-enriched diet could ameliorate diabetic-associated metabolic disturbances by regulating glucose and lipid pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Liver
  • Metabolism
  • Polyphenols
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus


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