Tocotrienols: Exciting Biological and Pharmacological Properties of Tocotrienols and other Naturally Occurring Compounds, Part I

Ann Clin Case Rep. 2022 May;7(1):2194. Epub 2022 May 12.


Inflammation has been implicated in cardiovascular disease and tocotrienols are potent hypocholesterolemic agents that reduce β-hydroxy-β-methyl-glutaryl coenzyme A reductase activity, which is degraded via the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. Impact of various tocotrienols (α-, γ-, or δ-tocotrienol) treatments inhibit the chymotrypsin-like activity of 20S rabbit muscle proteasome (>50%) in RAW 264.7 cells and BALB/c mice. Moreover, the effect of various tocotrienols (α-, γ-, or δ-tocotrienol), α-tocopherol, quercetin, riboflavin, (-) Corey lactone, amiloride, dexamethasone supplemented diets fed to chickens (4-weeks) resulted in reduction of total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides. This trend was also observed in macrophages from RAW 264.7 cells, in LPS-induced thioglycolate-elicited peritoneal macrophages derived from C57BL/6, BALB/c, LMP7/MECL-1-/-, and PPAR-α-/- knockout mice from young (4-week-old) and senescent (42-week-old) mice, resulting in significant inhibition of TNF-α and nitric oxide levels (30% to 70%), blocked degradation of P-IκB protein, and decreased activation of NF-κB, followed gene suppression of mRNA levels of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, and iNOS. In human study, normal or hypercholesterolemic subjects administered two capsules/d of NS-7 or NS-6 (4-weeks) showed decrease in serum CRP, NO, γ-GT, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides levels in normal as compared to hypercholesterolemic subjects (12% to 39%). In second study, hypercholesterolemic subjects were given increasing doses of δ-tocotrienol (125 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg, and 750 mg/day) plus AHA Step-1 diet (4-weeks). The most effective dose of tocotrienols (250 mg/day) may be used to lower serum NO (40%), CRP (40%), MDA (34%), γ-GT (22 %), and inflammatory cytokines IL-1α, IL-12, IFN-γ by 15% to 17%, and increase TAS levels by 22%.

Keywords: Chickens; Dexamethasone; Dog; HEK293T cells; Humans; Inflammatory biomarkers; Lipid metabolism; Mice; Quercetin; Resveratrol; Tocotrienols; Vitamin D3; α-tocopherol.