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Effect of quercetin on paraoxonase 2 levels in RAW264.7 macrophages and in human monocytes – role of quercetin metabolism

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christine Bosch-Saadatmandi


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There is increasing evidence that the intracellular antioxidant enzyme paraoxonase 2 (PON2) may have a protective function in the prevention of atherogenesis. An enhancement of PON2 activity by dietary factors including flavonoids is therefore of interest. In the present study we determined the effect of quercetin on paraoxonase 2 levels in cultured murine macrophages in vitro and in overweight subjects with a high cardiovascular risk phenotype supplemented with 150 mg quercetin/day for 42 days in vivo. Supplementation of murine RAW264.7 macrophages in culture with increasing concentrations of quercetin (1, 10, 20 micromol/L) resulted in a significant increase in PON2 mRNA and protein levels, as compared to untreated controls. Unlike quercetin, its glucuronidated metabolite quercetin-3-glucuronide did not affect PON2 gene expression in cultured macrophages. However the methylated quercetin derivative isorhamnetin enhanced PON2 gene expression in RAW264.7 cells to similar extent like quercetin. Although supplementing human volunteers with quercetin was accompanied by a significant increase in plasma quercetin concentration, dietary quercetin supplementation did not change PON2 mRNA levels in human monocytes in vivo. Current data indicate that quercetin supplementation increases PON2 levels in cultured monocytes in vitro but not in human volunteers in vivo.

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Author(s): Boesch-Saadatmandi C, Toed ter Pospissil R, Graeser AC, Canali R, Boomgaarden I, Doering F, Wolffram S, Egert S, Mueller MJ, Rimbach G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Year: 2009

Volume: 10

Issue: 9

Pages: 4168-4177

ISSN (print): 1422-0067

ISSN (electronic): 1424-6783

Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International


DOI: 10.3390/ijms10094168


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