Effects of Ramie Leaves on Improvement of Lipid Metabolism and Antiobesity Effect in Rats Fed a High Fat/High Cholesterol Diet

모시잎이 고지방-고콜레스테롤 식이 흰쥐의 지질대사 개선 및 항비만 효과에 미치는 영향

  • Lee, Jae-Joon (Department of Food and Nutrition, Chosun University) ;
  • Park, Mi-Ran (Department of Food and Nutrition, Chosun University) ;
  • Kim, Ah-Ra (Department of Food and Nutrition, Chosun University) ;
  • Lee, Myung-Yul (Department of Food and Nutrition, Chosun University)
  • 이재준 (조선대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 박미란 (조선대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 김아라 (조선대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 이명렬 (조선대학교 식품영양학과)
  • Received : 2010.10.18
  • Accepted : 2010.11.30
  • Published : 2011.02.28


This study was performed to investigate the effects of ramie (Boehmeria nivea) leaf powder on improvements in lipid metabolism in serum, liver and adipose tissue, and the anti-obesity effect in rats fed a high fat/high cholesterol diet for 4 weeks to induce a hyperlipidemic and obese model rat. Male Sprague-Dawley rats weighting 210 g were divided into four groups; a normal diet group (N), a high fat/high cholesterol diet group (HFC), a high fat/high cholesterol diet with 5% ramie leaf powder group (HFC-RL), and a high fat/high cholesterol diet with 10% ramie leaf powder group (HFC-RH). The body weight gain increased with a high fat/high cholesterol diet, but gradually decreased in the ramie leaf powder fed groups compared with the HFC group. The liver index in the HFC group was highest among the four groups, although the difference was not significant compared with the ramie leaf powder fed groups. The adipose tissues weight in the HFC group was heavier than that of the N group, whereas those of groups fed ramie leaf powder decreased gradually. Alkaline phosphatase activity was not different between the HFC groups, but serum alkaline aminotransferase and lactate dehydrogenase activities decreased significantly after ramie leaf powder feeding. Levels of serum triglyceride, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, atherogenic index and cardiac risk factors tended to decrease in the ramie leaf powder fed groups compared with the HFC group, whereas serum HDL-cholesterol level decreased in the HFC group and markedly increased in the ramie leaf powder fed groups. Levels of triglyceride and total cholesterol in the liver were significantly lower in the ramie leaf powder fed groups than in the HFC group. Levels of triglyceride and total cholesterol in adipose tissues were also lower in the ramie leaves powder fed groups than in the HFC group. The activities of heparinreleasable lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and total-extractable LPL in adipose tissues increased in the HFC group compared to that of the N group, but those of the ramie leaf powder fed groups decreased significantly. These results suggest that ramie leaf powder may improve lipid metabolism in serum, liver and adipose tissue and potentially reduce lipid storage.


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