September 9, 2010

The effect of bamboo extract on hepatic biotransforming enzymes – Findings from an obese–diabetic mouse model

Cheryl L.K. Koide, Abby C. Collier, Marla J. Berry, and Jun Panee

Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Aim of the study—Bamboo leaves are used as a component in traditional Chinese medicine for the anti-inflammatory function. Our previous studies have demonstrated that an ethanol/water extract from Phyllostachys edulis ameliorated obesity-associated chronic systemic inflammation in mice, and therefore relieving the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. The aim of this project was to further investigate the effects of this bamboo extract on hepatic biotransformation enzymes in both lean and obese mice, as an initial step in the toxicological evaluation of using this traditional medicine in obese/diabetic population.

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