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Food, Environment, and Other Topics in Biotechnology

Microbiol. Biotechnol. Lett. 2014; 42(4): 354-360

Received: July 22, 2014; Accepted: September 20, 2014

토복령 추출물의 항비만 활성

The Anti-Obesity Effect of Smilax china Extract

Jung Ae Park 1, Kyong-Suk Jin 1, Hyun Ju Kwon 1, 2 and Byung Woo Kim 1, 2*

1Blue-Bio Industry Regional Innovation Center, Dong-Eui University, Busan 614-714, Republic of Korea, 2Department of Life Science and Biotechnology, College of Natural Science and Human Ecology, Dong-Eui University, Busan 614-714, Republic of Korea

In this study, the anti-obesity activity of Smilax china methanol extract (SCME) was evaluated using a pancreatic lipase enzyme inhibition assay, and a cell culture model system. Results indicated that, SCME effectively inhibited pancreatic lipase enzyme activity in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, SCME significantly suppressed insulin, dexamethasone, 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine- induced adipocyte differentiation, lipid accumulation, and triglyceride contents on 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, in a dosedependent manner. The anti-adipogenic effect was modulated by cytidine-cytidine-adenosine-adenosine-thymidine (CCAAT)/ enhancer binding proteins (C/EBP) α, C/EBPβ, and the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ gene and protein expressions. Moreover, SCME triggered lipolysis effects dose-dependently on adipocyte. Taken together, these results provide an important new insight into SCME, indicating that it possesses anti-obesity activity through pancreatic lipase inhibition, anti-adipogenic and lipolysis effects. SCME may therefore be utilized as a promising source in the field of nutraceuticals. The identification of active compounds that confer the anti-obesity activities of SCME may be a logical next step.

Keywords: Smilax china methanol extract, anti-obesity activity, lipase inhibition activity, anti-adipogenic and lipolysis effects

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