Potato protease inhibitors inhibit food intake and increase circulating cholecystokinin levels by a trypsin-dependent mechanism

Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Feb;35(2):236-43. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2010.192. Epub 2010 Sep 7.


Objective: To investigate the mechanisms underlying the satiety-promoting effects of a novel protease inhibitor concentrate derived from potato (PPIC).

Methods: The acute and prolonged effects of oral PPIC administration (100 mg kg(-1) per day) on food intake, body weight and gastric emptying were evaluated in healthy rats. Parameters of body weight, food intake, plasma glucose, insulin and cholecystokinin (CCK) were measured. Duodenal proteolytic activity and CCK expression were determined in tissue extracts. Intestinal STC-1 cell culture model was used to investigate the direct effect of PPIC on CCK transcript level and secretion.

Results: Acute oral administration of PPIC reduced immediate food intake during the first 2 h following the treatment, delayed gastric emptying and decreased proteolytic activity in the duodenum. Repeated oral ingestion of PPIC reduced weight gain in male rats and significantly elevated the plasma CCK levels. Although duodenal mucosal CCK mRNA levels increased in response to PPIC administration, the concentrate failed to elevate CCK expression or release in STC-1 cells. The 14-day ascending dose range study (33-266 mg kg(-1) PPIC per day) showed no adverse side effects associated with PPIC administration.

Conclusion: These findings provided evidence that PPIC is effective in reducing food intake and body weight gain in healthy rats when administered orally by increasing circulating CCK levels through a trypsin-dependent mechanism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cholecystokinin / metabolism*
  • Duodenum / metabolism
  • Energy Intake / drug effects*
  • Energy Intake / physiology
  • Gastric Emptying / drug effects
  • Male
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plant Preparations / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Preparations / pharmacology
  • Protease Inhibitors / administration & dosage*
  • Protease Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Satiation / drug effects*
  • Satiation / physiology
  • Solanum tuberosum / enzymology*
  • Trypsin Inhibitors / administration & dosage*
  • Trypsin Inhibitors / pharmacology


  • Plant Preparations
  • Protease Inhibitors
  • Proteins
  • Trypsin Inhibitors
  • Cholecystokinin