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Abstract Title:

Oolong tea prevents cardiomyocyte loss against hypoxia by attenuating p-JNK mediated hypertrophy and enhancing P-IGF1R, p-akt, and p-Badactivity and by fortifying NRF2 antioxidation system.

Abstract Source:

Environ Toxicol. 2018 Feb ;33(2):220-233. Epub 2017 Nov 15. PMID: 29139225

Abstract Author(s):

Marthandam Asokan Shibu, Chia-Hua Kuo, Bih-Cheng Chen, Da-Tong Ju, Ray-Jade Chen, Chao-Hung Lai, Pei-Jane Huang, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Wei-Wen Kuo, Chih-Yang Huang

Article Affiliation:

Marthandam Asokan Shibu

Abstract:

Tea, the most widely consumed natural beverage has been associated with reduced mortality risk from cardiovascular disease. Oolong tea is a partially fermented tea containing high levels of catechins, their degree of oxidation varies between 20%-80% causing differences in their active metabolites. In this study we examined the effect of oolong tea extract (OTE) obtained by oxidation at low-temperature for short-time against hypoxic injury and found that oolong tea provides cyto-protective effects by suppressing the JNK mediated hypertrophic effects and by enhancing the innate antioxidant mechanisms in neonatal cardiomyocytes and in H9c2 cells. OTE effectively attenuates 24 h hypoxia-triggered cardiomyocyte loss by suppressing caspase-3-cleavage and apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. OTE also enhances the IGFIR/p-Akt associated survival-mechanism involving the elevation of p-Badin a dose-dependent manner to aid cellular adaptations against hypoxic challenge. The results show the effects and mechanism of Oolong tea to provide cardio-protective benefits during hypoxic conditions.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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