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Zandani, G. ; Kaftori-Sandler, N. ; Sela, N. ; Nyska, A. ; Madar, Z. Dietary broccoli improves markers associated with glucose and lipid metabolism through modulation of gut microbiota in mice. 2021, 111240. Publisher's VersionAbstract
ObjectiveBroccoli is a “functional food” that contains bioactive compounds and phytochemicals that have beneficial health-promoting effects. This study aimed at investigating the effects of broccoli consumption on lipid and glucose metabolism and gut microbiota. Methods Male C57BL/6J mice (7–8 wk old) were fed ad libitum with a normal diet supplemented with or without 10% (w/w) broccoli florets or broccoli stalks. Oral glucose tolerance tests were performed at week 15. After 17 wk, blood and tissues were collected. Serum parameters, histology, gene and protein expression, and intestinal microbiota composition were evaluated. Results Stalk supplementation led to reductions in fasting glucose levels, serum insulin, and the homeostasis model assessment–insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) index. Liver enzymes improved in both experimental groups, and broccoli florets decreased total triacylglycerols. The stalks group had elevated fatty acid oxidation–related genes and proteins (AMPK, PPARα, and CPT1). Diverse microbiota populations were observed in both broccoli groups. Broccoli stalks were found to be richer in Akkermansia muciniphila, while broccoli florets reduced Mucispirillum schaedleri abundance and increased bacterial richness. Conclusions Long-term whole broccoli supplementation decreased inflammation, improved lipid parameters and insulin sensitivity, and altered the gut microbiome in mice. Our data provide new information regarding the potential benefits of broccoli stalks in metabolic parameters.
Blaychfeld-Magnazi, M. ; Reshef, N. ; Zornitzki, T. ; Madar, Z. ; Knobler, H. The effect of a low-carbohydrate high-fat diet and ethnicity on daily glucose profile in type 2 diabetes determined by continuous glucose monitoring. European Journal of Nutrition 2019. Publisher's VersionAbstract
{Background and aims: Nutrition is an integral part of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) treatment, but the optimal macronutrient composition is still debated and previous studies have not addressed the role of ethnicity in dietary response. The current study aims were to compare the effect of short-term glycemic response to low-carbohydrate high-fat (LC-HF) diet vs. high-carbohydrate low-fat (HC-LF) diet using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and to evaluate the response of individuals with T2DM of Yemenite (Y-DM) and non-Yemenite origin (NY-DM). Methods: Twenty T2DM males, ten Y-DM and ten NY-DM underwent meal tolerance test and indexes of insulin resistance and secretion were calculated. Subsequently, patients were connected to CGM to assess daily glycemic control and glucose variability in response to isocaloric HC-LF or LC-HF diet, receiving each diet for 2 days by providing prepared meals. Daily glucose levels, area under the glucose curve (G-AUC) and parameters of glucose variability [standard deviation (SD), mean amplitude of glycemic excursions (MAGE) and mean absolute glucose (MAG)] were evaluated. Results: The LC-HF resulted in a significantly lower G-AUC (p < 0.001) and in lower variability parameters (p < 0.001) vs. the HC-LF diet. However, Y-DM showed less reduction in glucose variability indices upon diet-switching vs. NY-DM; MAGE decreased, respectively, by 69% vs. 89%
Shtriker, M. G. ; Peri, I. ; Taieb, E. ; Nyska, A. ; Tirosh, O. ; Madar, Z. Galactomannan More than Pectin Exacerbates Liver Injury in Mice Fed with High-Fat, High-Cholesterol Diet. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 2018, 62, 1800331. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Scope Galactomannan and citrus pectin are considered ?super fibers? known for altering gut microbiota composition and improving glucose and lipid metabolism. The study aims to investigate the fiber's effect on a nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) model. Methods and results Two feeding experiments are carried out using groups of 7?8 week-old male C57BL/6J mice. The diets used are based on a high cholesterol/cholate diet (HCD), such as a nutritional NASH model. Mice are fed a diet with or without 15% fiber-citrus pectin (HCD-CP) or galactomannan (HCD-G) together with the HCD (first experiment), which commenced 3 weeks prior to the HCD (second experiment). Liver damage is evaluated by histological and biochemical parameters. Galactomannan leads to lesser weight gain and improved glucose tolerance, but increased liver damage. This is shown by elevated levels of liver enzymes compared to that with HCD alone. Fibers induce higher steatosis, as evaluated by liver histology. This intriguing result is linked to various changes in the gut microbiota, such as elevated Proteobacteria levels in the galactomannan group, which are correlated with disturbed metabolism and dysbiosis. Conclusions In a NASH mouse model, galactomannan increases liver damage but improves glucose metabolism. Changes in the microbiota composition may answer this enigmatic observation.
Shtriker, M. G. ; Hahn, M. ; Taieb, E. ; Nyska, A. ; Moallem, U. ; Tirosh, O. ; Madar, Z. Fenugreek galactomannan and citrus pectin improve several parameters associated with glucose metabolism and modulate gut microbiota in mice. Nutrition 2018, 46, 134 - 142.e3. Publisher's VersionAbstract
ObjectiveGalactomannans derived from fenugreek confer known health benefits; however, there is little information regarding health benefits of citrus pectin (CP) and its association with gut microbiome metabolites. The aim of this study was to examine links between galactomannan and CP consumption, microbiota development, and glucose metabolism. Design Male C57 BL/6 J mice ages 7 to 8 wk were fed ad libitum with a normal diet or one supplemented with 15% of either galactomannan or CP. At 3 wk, an oral glucose tolerance test was performed. Animals were sacrificed at 4 wk and relevant organs were harvested. Results Fiber enrichment led to reductions in weight gain, fasting glucose levels, and total serum cholesterol (P < 0.05). Compared with mice fed the normal diet, microbiota populations were altered in both fiber groups and were found to be richer in Bacteroidetes rather than Firmicutes (P < 0.05). The modification was significantly greater in galactomannan-fed than in CP-fed mice (P < 0.0001). Also, enhanced levels of the short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) propionate were found in the cecal contents of CP-fed animals (P < 0.05). Protein expression levels of monocarboxylate transporter 1, which may promote transport of SCFA, were measured in the large intestines after fiber consumption. Enhanced adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation was observed in livers of galactomannan-fed mice (P < 0.05). Conclusion Consumption of diets containing soluble fibers, as used in this study, resulted in gut microbiota comprising a healthier flora, and led to positive effects on weight, glycemic control, and liver β oxidation via AMPK.
Anavi, S. ; Madar, Z. ; Tirosh, O. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, to struggle with the strangle: Oxygen availability in fatty livers. Redox Biol 2017, 13, 386-392.Abstract
Nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) is one of the most common chronic liver disease in Western countries. Oxygen is a central component of the cellular microenvironment, which participate in the regulation of cell survival, differentiation, functions and energy metabolism. Accordingly, sufficient oxygen supply is an important factor for tissue durability, mainly in highly metabolic tissues, such as the liver. Accumulating evidence from the past few decades provides strong support for the existence of interruptions in oxygen availability in fatty livers. This outcome may be the consequence of both, impaired systemic microcirculation and cellular membrane modifications which occur under steatotic conditions. This review summarizes current knowledge regarding the main factors which can affect oxygen supply in fatty liver.
Hirsch, N. ; Konstantinov, A. ; Anavi, S. ; Anna Aronis, ; Hagay, Z. ; Madar, Z. ; Tirosh, O. Prolonged feeding with green tea polyphenols exacerbates cholesterol-induced fatty liver disease in mice. Molecular Nutrition & Food ResearchMolecular Nutrition & Food ResearchMol. Nutr. Food Res. 2016, 60, 2542 - 2553. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Scope This study investigated the potential deleterious impact of dietary supplementation with green tea extract (GTE) on the progression of fatty liver disease, in a mouse model of cholesterol-induced steatohepatitis that represents chronic liver injury. Methods and results Male C57BL mice (n = 32, 8-wk-old) were fed for 6 wk with one of the following diets: normal control diet (ND, Con), Con + 1% w/w polyphenols from GTE (Con + GTE); high cholesterol diet, Con + 1% cholesterol + 0.5% cholate w/w (HCD); HCD + 1% green tea polyphenols w/w (HCD + GTE). Hepatic steatosis, oxidative, and inflammatory markers and bile acid synthesis pathways were measured. HCD supplementation resulted in hepatic steatosis and liver damage. In animals supplemented with the HCD + GTE an exacerbated hepatic steatosis, oxidative stress, and inflammatory response were observed compared to HCD supplemented animals. HCD + GTE supplementation elevated blood levels of liver enzymes and serum bile acids compared HCD-treated animals. HCD + GTE supplementation altered bile acid synthesis in the cholesterol clearance pathway, inducing a shift from the classically regulated CYP7A1 pathway to the alternative acidic pathway. Conclusion Prolonged GTE supplementation dramatically increased hepatic oxidative stress, inflammation and liver injury, and altered the bile acid synthesis pathway in mice fed a HCD.