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Revista de Nutrição

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LUZ, Gabrielle da et al. Polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 supplementation  reduces inflammatory markers andimproves insulin action in liver of mice. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.5, pp.621-629. ISSN 1415-5273.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on insulin signaling and the proinflammatory pathway in the liver tissue of mice. METHODS: Swiss mice were divided into six groups given different dosages of fish oil containing ômega-3 (1mg, 5mg, 10mg and 50mg) by gavage. The control group was given water. Fasting plasma glucose was measured on days 0 (no supplementation), 14 and 21 (after supplementation) to determine the dosage and timedependent effects of omega-3. Because the group n-3-21days (21 days of ômega-3 supplementation) demonstrated lower blood glucose, this time interval was selected for molecular analysis. After an 8hour fast, liver tissue samples were taken from the control and n-3-21days groups, and western blot analyses were performed to assess insulin signaling and the proinflammatory pathway. RESULTS: The results showed that the dosage of 10mg leads to greater reduction in blood glucose at 14 and 21 days when compared with other dosages. Thus, this dosage was selected for molecular analysis. This dosage significantly decreased phosphorylation of cJun nterminal protein kinase and IkB kinase and protein levels of nuclear factor Kappalightchainenhancer of activated B cells. In parallel, increased insulin pathway signaling was observed, as confirmed by increases in insulin receptors, insulin receptor substrate 1 and protein kinase B phosphorylation. CONCLUSION: The present study suggests that omega-3 fatty acids improve insulin signaling by reducing inflammation. These results may be one of the explanations for low fasting glucose.

Keywords : Fatty acids, insaturated; Liver; Inflammation; Insulin resistance.

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