Indexed on: 30 Jul '15Published on: 30 Jul '15Published in: Phytomedicine
The current study investigated the efficacy of Cyclocarya paliurus chloroform extract (CPEC) and its two specific triterpenoids (cyclocaric acid B and cyclocarioside H) on the regulation of glucose disposal and the underlying mechanisms in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.Mice and adipocytes were stimulated by macrophages-derived conditioned medium (Mac-CM) to induce insulin resistance. CPEC was evaluated in mice for its ability by oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and insulin tolerance test (ITT). To investigate the hypoglycemic mechanisms of CPEC and its two triterpenoids, glucose uptake, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation, inhibitor of NF-κB kinase β (IKKβ) phosphorylation and insulin signaling transduction were detected in 3T3-L1 adipocytes using 2-NBDG uptake assay and Western blot analysis.Mac-CM, an inflammatory stimulus which induced the glucose and insulin intolerance, increased phosphorylation of IKKβ, reduced glucose uptake and impaired insulin sensitivity. CPEC and two triterpenoids improved glucose consumption and increased AMPK phosphorylation under basal and inflammatory conditions. Moreover, CPEC and its two triterpenoids not only enhanced glucose uptake in an insulin-independent manner, but also restored insulin-mediated protein kinase B (Akt) phosphorylation by reducing the activation of IKKβ and regulating insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) serine/tyrosine phosphorylation. These beneficial effects were attenuated by AMPK inhibitor compound C, implying that the effects may be associated with AMPK activation.CPEC and its two triterpenoids promoted glucose uptake in the absence of insulin, as well as ameliorated IRS-1/PI3K/Akt pathway by inhibiting inflammation. These effects were related to the regulation of AMPK activity.