Effect of dietary eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid on expression of rat liver genes controlling cholesterol homeostasis and on plasma cholesterol level

T. Komprda, G. Zorníková, A. Knoll, Z. Vykoukalová, V. Rozíková, O. Škultéty, R. Krobot
2014 Czech Journal of Animal Science  
A hypothesis that eicosapentaenoic acid + docosahexaenoic acid (EPA+DHA) lower plasma cholesterol via increased expression of the Insig-1 gene with ensuing decrease of expression of genes coding for 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase (Hmgcr) and low density lipoprotein receptor (Ldlr) was tested in rats fed a diet with 3% of fish oil (FO). Expression of the Insig-1 gene in the liver of the FO-fed rats was 730% (P < 0.05) of the control. However, contrary to the hypothesis, expression
more » ... thesis, expression of the Hmgcr gene and Ldlr gene was 165% and 210% of the control (P > 0.05). Nevertheless, FO in the diet decreased (P < 0.05) plasma cholesterol of rats by 10% (from 1.19 to 1.07 mmol/l); it was therefore concluded that the cholesterol-lowering effect of EPA+DHA is at least partly based on mechanisms other than tested in the present experiment.  
doi:10.17221/7650-cjas fatcat:d4s6eafrvbcitevss3rdxgixde