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Int J Med Sci 2018; 15(2):176-187. doi:10.7150/ijms.22008

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An Amino Acids Mixture Attenuates Glycemic Impairment but not Affects Adiposity Development in Rats Fed with AGEs-containing Diet

Yi-Hung Liao1, Chung-Yu Chen2*, Chiao-Nan Chen3*, Chia-Ying Wu1, Shiow-Chwen Tsai4✉

1. Department of Exercise and Health Science, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei 11219, Taiwan;
2. Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Taipei, Taipei 11153, Taiwan;
3. Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei City 112, Taiwan;
4. Institute of Sports Sciences, University of Taipei, Taipei 11153, Taiwan.
* Chen, C.-Y. and Chen, C.-N. contributed equally to this work.

Abstract

Background: Unhealthy western dietary patterns lead to over-consumption of fat and advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), and these account for the developments of obesity, diabetes, and related metabolic disorders. Certain amino acids (AAs) have been recently demonstrated to improve glycemia and reduce adiposity. Therefore, our primary aims were to examine whether feeding an isoleucine-enriched AA mixture (4.5% AAs; Ile: 3.0%, Leu: 1.0%, Val: 0.2%, Arg: 0.3% in the drinking water) would affect adiposity development and prevent the impairments of glycemic control in rats fed with the fat/AGE-containing diet (FAD).

Methods: Twenty-four male Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned into 1) control diet (CD, N = 8), 2) FAD diet (FAD, N = 8), and 3) FAD diet plus AA (FAD/AA, N = 8). After 9-weeks intervention, the glycemic control capacity (glucose level, ITT, and HbA1c levels), body composition, and spontaneous locomotor activity (SLA) were evaluated, and the fasting blood samples were collected for analyzing metabolic related hormones (insulin, leptin, adiponectin, and corticosterone). The adipose tissues were also surgically collected and weighed.

Results: FAD rats showed significant increases in weight gain, body fat %, blood glucose, HbA1c, leptin, and area under the curve of glucose during insulin tolerance test (ITT-glucose-AUC) in compared with the CD rats. However, the fasting levels of blood glucose, HbA1c, leptin, and ITT-glucose-AUC did not differ between CD and FAD/AA rats. FAD/AA rats also showed a greater increase in serum testosterone.

Conclusion: The amino acid mixture consisting of Ile, Leu, Val, and Arg showed clear protective benefits on preventing the FAD-induced obesity and impaired glycemic control.

Keywords: Visceral fat, Locomotor activity, Insulin sensitivity, Leptin, Testosterone, HbA1c.

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How to cite this article:
Liao YH, Chen CY, Chen CN, Wu CY, Tsai SC. An Amino Acids Mixture Attenuates Glycemic Impairment but not Affects Adiposity Development in Rats Fed with AGEs-containing Diet. Int J Med Sci 2018; 15(2):176-187. doi:10.7150/ijms.22008. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v15p0176.htm