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Reversal of High dietary fructose-induced PPARα suppression by oral administration of lipoxygenase/cyclooxygenase inhibitors

Glen L Kelley1 and Salman Azhar2*

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1 Insmed Incorporated, Richmond, VA, USA

2 Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System & Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA

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Nutrition & Metabolism 2005, 2:18  doi:10.1186/1743-7075-2-18

Published: 9 August 2005


High fructose feeding causes diet-induced alterations of lipid metabolism and decreased insulin sensitivity, hallmark of which is a rapid and profound hypertriglyceridemia. One of the mechanisms that contribute to serum hypertriglyceridemia in this model is suppression of hepatic PPARα. HMG-CoA inhibitors, which reduce serum triglycerides in these animals, also elevate/restore hepatic PPARα. Previously we demonstrated that two known lipoxygenase/cyclooxygenase inhibitors reversed diet-induced hypertriglyceridemia in this model and that reversal of certain inflammatory markers in the liver correlated with the metabolic benefit. In this paper we extended these studies by examining the impact of these compounds on expression of PPARα, both at the level of transcription and expression. Our data show that diet-induced suppression of hepaic PPARα is reversed upon treatment with lipoxygenase/cyclooxygenase compounds. We then tested one of these compounds, BW-755c, over a range of doses from 10 mg/kg to 100 mg/kg to establish a dose-response relationship with the reduction of serum hypertriglyceridemia in this model. These experiments support the concept of using anti-inflammatory medications as one method to correct metabolic dysfunction.