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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 12, No. 5, 2015, pp. 74-78
Bioline Code: tc15100
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 12, No. 5, 2015, pp. 74-78

 en EFFECTS OF POLLEN TYPHAE TOTAL FLAVONE ON β-ARRESTIN-2/SRC/ AKT SIGNALING IN ADIPOSE TISSUES OF TYPE 2 DIABETIC RATS
Feng, Xiao-Tao; Zhai, Lin-Na; Wang, Chun-Ling; Zhao, Wei; Chen, Qun & Huang, Xiao-Qi

Abstract

Background: Pollen Typhae total flavone (PTF), the extract from Pollen Typhae, a Chinese herbal medicine, has been reported to improve insulin resistance in type 2 diabetic rats, but the potential mechanisms keep unclear.
Materials and Methods: Type 2 diabetic model rats were induced by high-fat diet and low-dose streptozotocin, and then were administered PTF by intragastrical gavage. After treatment for 4 weeks, insulin receptor-β level in adipose tissues was determined by ELISA, and the protein expression was analyzed by western blotting.
Results: Administration of PTF increased insulin receptor-β level and enhanced β-arrestin-2 protein expression in adipose tissues of type 2 diabetic rats. Although having no effect on the protein expression of Src or Akt, PTF promoted phosphorylation of Src at Tyr416 and Akt at Ser473.
Conclusion: The results indicate that PTF has beneficial effects on the β-arrestin-2/Src/Akt signaling in adipose tissues of type 2 diabetic rats, implying the underlying mechanisms of PTF in ameliorating insulin resistance.

Keywords
Chinese medicine; type 2 diabetes; signal transduction; insulin resistance; β-arrestin-2

 
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