Protective effects of total flavonoids from Litsea coreana on alcoholic fatty liver in rats associated with down-regulation adipose differentiation-related protein expression

Am J Chin Med. 2012;40(3):599-610. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X12500450.


Alcoholic fatty liver (AFL) is a reversible condition, but it can potentiate the development of alcoholic hepatitis and even cirrhosis by increasing oxidant generation, which is one of the key pathogenic factors and could result in alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Total flavonoids from Litsea coreana (TFLC), an active component extracted from Litsea coreana leve, have been shown to have therapeutic effects on hyperlipidemia. The present study was to evaluate the protective effects of TFLC on alcoholic fatty liver (AFL) in rats, and investigate the potential mechanism. An AFL model in rats was established by intaking different doses of alcohol (concentration from 5% to 40%) over 12 weeks. Serum levels of TG, TC, LDL-C, HDL-C, TNF-α, insulin, and glucose were measured, histopathologic changes were determined, and expression of adipose differentiation-related protein (ADRP) in the liver were evaluated by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry, respectively. The results showed that treatment with TFLC resulted in decreased serum levels of TG, TC, LDL-C, TNF-α, glucose and insulin, as well as improved liver index. Morphological evaluation revealed rats in model group developed a severe steatosis, but the severities of liver steatosis were effectively ameliorated in TFLC (200 and 400 mg/kg) treated groups. Expression of hepatic ADRP were increased in model group, and suppressed in TFLC treated groups. These results suggest that TFLC had a protective effect on AFL rats; the mechanism may be involved in regulation serum lipid profiles via down-regulation of hepatic expression of ADRP in AFL rats.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Down-Regulation
  • Ethanol / adverse effects*
  • Fatty Liver, Alcoholic / drug therapy*
  • Fatty Liver, Alcoholic / metabolism
  • Fatty Liver, Alcoholic / pathology
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology
  • Flavonoids / therapeutic use*
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / pharmacology
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Insulin / blood
  • Lipids / blood
  • Litsea / chemistry*
  • Liver / drug effects*
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Liver / pathology
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Perilipin-2
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / blood


  • Blood Glucose
  • Flavonoids
  • Hypolipidemic Agents
  • Insulin
  • Lipids
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Perilipin-2
  • Plant Extracts
  • Plin2 protein, rat
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Ethanol