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Vescalagin from pink wax apple protects pancreatic β-cells against methylglyoxal-induced inflammation.


Plants (Basel). 2021 Jul 15 ;10(7). Epub 2021 Jul 15. PMID: 34371651

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Vescalagin from Pink Wax Apple ((Blume) Merrill and Perry) Protects Pancreaticβ-Cells against Methylglyoxal-Induced Inflammation in Rats.


Methylglyoxal (MG) is the primary precursor of advanced glycation end products involved in the pathogenesis of inflammation and diabetes. A previous study in our laboratory found anti-inflammatory and anti-hyperglycemic effects of the polyphenol vescalagin (VES) in rats with MG-induced carbohydrate metabolic disorder. The present study further investigated the occurrence of inflammation in pancreaticβ-cells in MG-induced diabetic rats and the mechanism by which VES prevents it. The results showed that VES downregulates the protein expression levels of advanced glycation end product receptors and CCAAT/enhancer binding protein-β and upregulates the protein expression levels of pancreatic duodenal homeobox-1, nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 and glyoxalase I from the pancreatic cells. The results also revealed that VES elevates glutathione and antioxidant enzyme contents and then downregulates c-Jun N-terminal kinase and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases pathways to protectpancreatic β-cells in MG-administered rats.

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