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Title

Inhibition of Gastric Lipase as a Mechanism for Body Weight and Plasma Lipids Reduction in Zucker Rats Fed a Rosemary Extract Rich in Carnosic Acid

AuthorsRomo Vaquero, María ; Yáñez-Gascón, María J. ; García-Villalba, Rocío ; Larrosa, Mar ; Fromentin, Emilie; Ibarra, Alvin; Roller, Marc; Tomás Barberán, Francisco ; Espín de Gea, Juan Carlos ; García-Conesa, María Teresa
Issue Date22-Jun-2012
PublisherPublic Library of Science
CitationPLoS ONE 7(6): e39773 (2012)
Abstract[Background] Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) extracts (REs) exhibit hepatoprotective, anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties and are widely used in the food industry. REs are rich in carnosic acid (CA) and carnosol which may be responsible for some of the biological activities of REs. The aim of this study was to investigate whether inhibition of lipase activity in the gut may be a mechanism by which a RE enriched in CA (40%) modulates body weight and lipids levels in a rat model of metabolic disorders and obesity.
[Methods and Principal Findings] RE was administered for 64 days to lean (fa/+) and obese (fa/fa) female Zucker rats and body weight, food intake, feces weight and blood biochemical parameters were monitored throughout the study. Lipase activity (hydrolysis of p-nitrophenylbutyrate) was measured in the gastrointestinal tract at the end of the study and the contents of CA, carnosol and methyl carnosate were also determined. Sub-chronic administration of RE moderately reduced body weight gain in both lean and obese animals but did not affect food intake. Serum triglycerides, cholesterol and insulin levels were also markedly decreased in the lean animals supplemented with RE. Importantly, lipase activity was significantly inhibited in the stomach of the RE-supplemented animals where the highest content of intact CA and carnosol was detected.
[Conclusions] Our results confirm that long-term administration of RE enriched in CA moderates weight gain and improves the plasma lipids profile, primarily in the lean animals. Our data also suggest that these effects may be caused, at least in part, by a significant inhibition of gastric lipase and subsequent reduction in fat absorption.
Publisher version (URL)http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0039773
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/152081
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0039773
ISSN1932-6203
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