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In vitro protective effects of colon-available extract of Camellia sinensis (tea) against hydrogen peroxide and beta-amyloid (Aβ(1–42)) induced cytotoxicity indifferentiated PC12 cells

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ed Okello, Emeritus Professor Chris SealORCiD


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There is mounting evidence that the deposition and aggregation of β-amyloid peptides (Aβ) in the brain play a significant role in the development and pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. There is further evidence that free radical species such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) mediate Aβ induced toxicity. Previous studies have demonstrated that green tea polyphenols possess neuroprotective properties through their ability to ameliorate oxidative stress induced by free radical species. Green tea polyphenols have also been shown to enhance cognition in various animal models of induced cognitive impairment. Upon ingestion, green tea polyphenols are metabolised and undergo bio-transformation which affects their bioavailability and therefore efficacy. In this study, a green tea extract was subjected to a simulated gastrointestinal digestion and a ‘colon-available’ extract (CAGTE) prepared and assessed for its potential protective effects against H2O2 and Aβ(1–42) induced cytotoxicity using differentiated PC12 cells (dPC12) as a model for neuronal cells. CAGTE represents green tea phytochemicals potentially available after upper gastrointestinal digestion. CAGTE which was depleted in flavan-3-ols, as shown by LC–MS analysis, protected dPC12 cells at concentration ranges of 0.3–10 μg/ml and 0.03–0.125 μg/ml for H2O2 and Aβ(1–42), induced cytotoxicity, respectively. At high concentrations, CAGTE exhibited direct anti-proliferative effects, in line with the reputed anti-cancer properties of green tea polyphenols. These results demonstrate that potentially bioavailable green tea metabolites are able to ameliorate both H2O2 and Aβ(1–42) induced cytotoxicity.

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Author(s): Okello EJ, McDougall GJ, Kumar S, Seal CJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Phytomedicine

Year: 2011

Volume: 18

Issue: 8-9

Pages: 691-696

Print publication date: 22/12/2010

ISSN (print): 0944-7113

ISSN (electronic): 1618-095X

Publisher: Urban und Fischer Verlag


DOI: 10.1016/j.phymed.2010.11.004


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