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Dietary α- and γ-tocopherol supplementation attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced oxidative stress and inflammatory-related responses in an obese mouse model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

, : Dietary α- and γ-tocopherol supplementation attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced oxidative stress and inflammatory-related responses in an obese mouse model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 21(12): 1200-1206

Oxidative stress contributes towards the development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Thus, antioxidants may decrease oxidative stress and ameliorate the events contributing to NASH. We hypothesized that α- or γ-tocopherol would protect against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-triggered NASH in an obese (ob/ob) mouse model. Five-week-old obese mice (n=18/dietary treatment) were provided 15 mg/kg each of α- and γ-tocopherol or 500 mg/kg of α- or γ-tocopherol for 5-weeks. Then, all mice were injected ip once with LPS (250 μg/kg) before being sacrificed at 0, 1.5 or 6 h. Body weight and hepatic steatosis were unaffected by tocopherols and LPS. Hepatic α- and γ-tocopherol increased (P<.05) ~9.8- and 10-fold in respective tocopherol supplemented mice and decreased in response to LPS. LPS increased serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) by 86% at 6 h and each tocopherol decreased this response by 29-31%. By 6 h, LPS increased hepatic malondialdehyde (MDA) and tumor necrosis factor-α by 81% and 44%, respectively, which were decreased by α- or γ-tocopherol. Serum ALT was correlated (P<.05) to hepatic tumor necrosis factor-α (r=0.585) and MDA (r=0.592), suggesting that inflammation and lipid peroxidation contributed to LPS-triggered hepatic injury. α- and γ-Tocopherol similarly attenuated LPS-triggered increases in serum free fatty acid, and α-tocopherol only maintained the LPS-triggered serum triacylglycerol responses at 6 h. These findings indicate that increasing hepatic α- or γ-tocopherol protected against LPS-induced NASH by decreasing liver damage, lipid peroxidation, and inflammation without affecting body mass or hepatic steatosis. Further study is needed to define the mechanisms by which these tocopherols protected against LPS-triggered NASH.


PMID: 20138495

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2009.10.006

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