Protective effects of grape seed and skin extract against high-fat-diet-induced lipotoxicity in rat lung

Lipids Health Dis. 2017 Sep 13;16(1):174. doi: 10.1186/s12944-017-0561-z.


Background: Obesity is a public health problem characterized by increased fat accumulation in different tissues. Obesity is directly linked to breathing problems and medical complications with lung, including obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma….In the present work, we aimed to investigate the effect of high fat diet (HFD) on lung lipotoxicity, oxidative stress, fatty acid composition and proportions in lung and implication in asthma development. The likely protection provided by grape seed extract (GSSE) was also investigated.

Methods: In order to assess HFD effect on lung and GSSE protection we used a rat model. We analyzed the lipid plasma profile, lung peroxidation and antioxidant activities (SOD, CAT and POD). We also analyzed transition metals (Ca2+, Mg2+, Zn2+ and iron) and lung free fatty acids using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

Results: HFD induced lipid profile imbalance increasing cholesterol and VLDL-C. HFD also induced an oxidative stress assessed by elevated MDA level and the drop of antioxidant activities such as SOD, CAT and POD. Moreover, HFD induced mineral disturbances by decreasing magnesium level and increasing Calcium and iron levels. HFD induced also disturbances in lung fatty acid composition by increasing oleic, stearic and arachidonic acids. Interestingly, GSSE alleviated all these deleterious effects of HFD treatment.

Conclusion: As a whole, GSSE had a significant preventive effect against HFD-induced obesity, and hence may be used as an anti-obesity agent, and a benefic agent with potential applications against damages in lung tissue.

Keywords: Asthma; Fatty acids; Grape seed extract; Obesity.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / metabolism
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Diet, High-Fat / adverse effects*
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Fatty Acids / metabolism
  • Grape Seed Extract / analysis
  • Grape Seed Extract / pharmacology
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / metabolism
  • L-Lactate Dehydrogenase / metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism / drug effects
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Lung / drug effects*
  • Lung / metabolism
  • Male
  • Organ Size / drug effects
  • Plant Extracts / analysis
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Protective Agents / pharmacology*
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Vitis / chemistry*


  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty Acids
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Plant Extracts
  • Protective Agents
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • L-Lactate Dehydrogenase