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Black Rice with Giant Embryo Attenuates Obesity-Associated Metabolic Disorders in ob/ob Mice

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posted on 13.12.2015, 00:00 by Yoon-Mi Lee, Sank-Ik Han, Yu-Jin Won, Eunji Lee, Eunju Park, Seock-Yeon Hwang, Kyung-Jin Yeum
Obesity is closely associated with metabolic disorders such as hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice (C57BL/6J-ob/ob) and C57BL/6J mice were randomly assigned to a diet of black rice with giant embryo (BR), white rice (WR), or AIN-93G (control) and pair-fed for 14 weeks. Although there was no significant difference in body weight, BR-fed ob/ob mice had (1) significantly lower body fat mass than WR- and control-fed ob/ob mice determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry; (2) significantly lower blood glucose, serum insulin, and triacylglycerol levels than control-fed ob/ob mice; and (3) significantly lower liver weight, hepatic triacylglycerol, and hepatic lipid droplets than both WR- and control-fed ob/ob mice. Furthermore, DNA damage in the liver, determined by phosphorylated H2AX protein, and in the kidney, determined by single-cell gel electrophoresis, was significantly lower in BR-fed than WR- and control-fed ob/ob mice. This study indicates that BR ameliorates obesity and its related metabolic disorders.