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Abstract Title:

Low dose of luteolin activates Nrf2 in the liver of mice at start of the active phase but not that of the inactive phase.

Abstract Source:

PLoS One. 2020 ;15(4):e0231403. Epub 2020 Apr 9. PMID: 32271832

Abstract Author(s):

Tomoya Kitakaze, Atsushi Makiyama, Yoko Yamashita, Hitoshi Ashida

Article Affiliation:

Tomoya Kitakaze


A flavone luteolin has various health-promoting activities. Several studies reported that high dose of luteolin activates the Nrf2/ARE pathway in the liver. However, the effect of the low dose of luteolin that can be taken from a dietary meal on the Nrf2 activation remain unclear. It is expected that the flavonoid metabolism possesses a circadian rhythm, since nutritional metabolism processes daily cycle. In this study we investigated whether an administration affects the Nrf2 activation. ICR mice were orally administered 0.01-10 mg/kg body weight of luteolin once a day for 7 days at two time-points: at the start of active phase (ZT12) or at that of inactive phase (ZT0). Luteolin increased the nuclear translocation of Nrf2, resulting in the increases in its target gene products HO-1 and NQO1 at ZT12 but not at ZT0. The expression level of Nrf2 was lower at ZT12 than at ZT0 in the liver. We also found that the level of luteolin aglycon in the plasma is higher at ZT12 than at ZT0. These results suggest that the low dose of luteolin can activate Nrf2 pathway and the aglycon form of luteolin may mainly contribute to activate the Nrf2 pathway at ZT12 in the liver.

Study Type : Animal Study

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