Involvement of SIRT1-AMPK signaling in the protective action of indole-3-carbinol against hepatic steatosis in mice fed a high-fat diet

Youngshim Choi, Yasuko Yanagawa, Soyoung Kim, Taesun Park

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This study addressed the effect of indole-3-carbinol (I3C) supplementation on hepatic steatosis in mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and clarified the underlying mechanism. Male C57BL/6N mice were divided into three groups: those who received a normal diet, those fed with HFD and those fed with 0.1% I3C-supplemented diet (I3CD). In the present study, an HFD supplemented with 0.1% I3C significantly decreased body and liver weight as well as plasma and hepatic lipid levels. The activation of the silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1 (SIRT1)-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling system by I3C correlated with decreased mRNA levels of sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c-regulated lipogenic enzymes. In addition, I3C significantly reversed HFD-induced up-regulation of ER stress-mediated signaling molecules in the liver, which may have contributed to the protective effects of I3C against hepatic steatosis. Furthermore, HFD-induced up-regulations of inflammatory genes such as tumor necrosis factor α and interleukin 6 were significantly reversed by dietary I3C supplementation. Our study suggests that the protective action of I3C against hepatic steatosis is mediated, at least in part, through the up-regulation of a SIRT1-AMPK signaling system in the livers of HFD-fed mice. Further investigations revealed that alleviation of the ER stress response represented a critical mechanism underlying the beneficial effects of I3C on hepatic steatosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1393-1400
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea ( #A090282 ) and by the Industrialization Support Program for Bio-technology of Agriculture and Forestry ( 810002031SB110 ), Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of Korea .

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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