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Adipogenesis involved in hypertrophy and hyperplasia of adipocytes is responsible for expanding the mass of adipose tissues in obese individuals. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein α (C/EBPα) are two principal transcription factors induced by delicate signaling pathways, including signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 (STAT5), in adipogenesis. Here, we demonstrated a novel role of ginkgetin, a biflavone from Ginkgo biloba leaves, as a STAT5 inhibitor that blocks the differentiation of preadipocytes into adipocytes. During the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells, ginkgetin treatment during the first 2 days markedly inhibited the formation of lipid-bearing adipocytes. PPARγ and C/EBPα expression was decreased in 3T3-L1 cells during adipogenesis following ginkgetin treatment, whereas no change was observed in C/EBPβ or C/EBPδ expression. Inhibition of PPARγ and C/EBPα expression by ginkgetin occurred through the prevention of STAT5 activation during the initiation phase of adipogenesis. In addition, ginkgetin-mediated the inhibition of adipogenesis was recapitulated in the differentiation of primary preadipocytes. Lastly, we confirmed the inhibitory effects of ginkgetin on the hypertrophy of white adipose tissues from high-fat diet-fed mice. These results indicate that ginkgetin is a potential anti-adipogenesis and anti-obesity drug.
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The only specie of the genus Ginkgo, family Ginkgoacea. It is the source of extracts of medicinal interest, especially Egb 761. Ginkgo may refer to the genus or species.
The differentiation of pre-adipocytes into mature ADIPOCYTES.
DITERPENES with three LACTONES and a unique tert-butyl group, which are found in GINKGO plants along with BILOBALIDES.
A degraded form of GINKGOLIDES that have three LACTONES and a unique tert-butyl group which are found in GINKGO plants.
The burning of a small, thimble sized, smoldering plug of dried leaves on the SKIN at an ACUPUNCTURE point. Usually the plugs contain leaves of MUGWORT or moxa.
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