Capsaicin Ameliorates the Redox Imbalance and Glucose Metabolism Disorder in an Insulin-Resistance Model via Circadian Clock-Related Mechanisms

Muwen Lu, Yaqi Lan, Jie Xiao, Mingyue Song, Chengyu Chen, Caowen Liang, Qingrong Huang, Yong Cao, Chi Tang Ho

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Circadian rhythms are closely associated with metabolic homeostasis. Metabolic disorders can be alleviated by many bioactive components through controlling of clock gene expressions. Capsaicin has been demonstrated with many beneficial effects including anti-obesity and anti-insulin resistance activities, yet whether the rhythmic expression of circadian clock genes are involved in the regulation of redox imbalance and glucose metabolism disorder by capsaicin remains unclear. In this work, the insulin resistance was induced in HepG2 cells by treatment of glucosamine. Glucose uptake levels, reactive oxygen species, H2O2 production, and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) were measured with/without capsaicin cotreatment. The mRNA and protein expressions of core circadian clock genes were evaluated by RT-qPCR and western blot analysis. Our study revealed that circadian misalignment could be ameliorated by capsaicin. The glucosamine-induced cellular redox imbalance and glucose metabolism disorder were ameliorated by capsaicin in a Bmal1-dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10089-10096
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of agricultural and food chemistry
Issue number36
StatePublished - Sep 11 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


  • capsaicin
  • circadian clock
  • insulin resistance
  • redox homeostasis

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