Ethanolic extract of vitis thunbergii exhibits lipid lowering properties via modulation of the AMPK-ACC pathway in hypercholesterolemic rabbits

Chun Hsu Pan, Chia Hua Tsai, Wen Hsin Lin, Guo Yan Chen, Chieh Hsi Wu

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Vitis thunbergii (VT) is a wild grape that has been shown to provide various cardioprotective effects. The present study was designed to examine whether a VT extract could reduce serum lipid levels and prevent atherogenesis in a hypercholesterolemic rabbit model. At the end of an 8-week study, our results showed that a VT extract supplement markedly suppressed the serum levels of cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, reduced lipid accumulation in liver tissues, and limited aortic fatty streaks. Our findings suggest that the VT extract activated AMPK (5′-adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase) with subsequent inhibition of the activation of ACC (acetyl-CoA carboxylase). Our results suggest that this VT extract could be further developed as a potential lipid-lowering agent and as a natural health food to prevent atherogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number436786
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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