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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2014;35(2): 175-183.
비알코올성 지방간 세포 모델에서 곤포의 효능과 기전 연구
김소연1,2, 권정남1,2, 이인1,2, 홍진우1,2, 최준용1,2, 박성하1,2, 권민정1, 주명수1, 한창우1,2
1부산대학교 한의학전문대학원
2부산대학교한방병원 한방내과
Research on Anti-lipogenic Effect and Underlying Mechanism of Laminaria japonica on Experimental Cellular Model of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
So-yeon Kim1,2, Jung-nam Kwon1,2, In Lee1,2, Jin-woo Hong1,2, Jun-yong Choi1,2, Seong-ha Park1,2, Min-jung Kwun1, Myung-soo Joo1, Chang-woo Han1,2
1School of Korean Medicine, Pu-san National University
2Dept. of Internal Medicine, Korean Medicine Hospital, Pu-san National University
Correspondence  Chang-woo Han ,Tel: 055-360-5957, Fax: 051-510-8420, Email: hancw320@pusan.ac.kr
  Published online: June 30, 2014.
ABSTRACT
Objectives:
We tried to uncover the anti-lipogenic effect and underlying mechanism of Laminaria japonica on an experimental cellular model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Methods :
Ethanol extract of Laminaria japonica (LJ) was prepared. Intracellular lipid content of palmitate-treated HepG2 cells was evaluated with or without LJ treatment. We measured the effects of LJ on liver X receptor α (LXRα) and sterol regulatory element-binding transcription factor-1c (SREBP-1c) expression, transcription level of lipogenic genes, including acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), fatty acid synthase (FAS), stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 (SCD-1), and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) activation in HepG2 cells.

Results:
LJ markedly attenuated palmitate-induced intracellular lipid accumulation in HepG2 cells. LJ suppressed LXRα -dependent SREBP-1c activation, and SREBP-1c mediated induction of ACC, FAS, and SCD-1. Furthermore, LJ activated Nrf2, which plays an important cytoprotective role in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Conclusions:
Our study suggests that LJ has the potential to alleviate hepatic lipid accumulation, and this effect was mediated by inhibiting the LXRα-SREBP-1c pathway that leads to hepatic steatosis. In addition, the anti-lipogenic potential may, at least in part, be associated with activation of Nrf2.
Key words: Laminaria japonica, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, LXRα, SREBP-1c, Nrf2
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