Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) attenuates non-alcoholic fatty liver disease via modulating the interaction between gut microbiota and bile acids

Yuji Naito, Chihiro Ushiroda, Katsura Mizushima, Ryo Inoue, Zenta Yasukawa, Aya Abe, Tomohisa Takagi

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The spectrum of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) ranges from simple hepatic steatosis commonly associated with obesity, to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, which can progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Recent reports have indi cated the crucial role of gut microbiota and their metabolites in the progression of NAFLD. In the present review, we demonstrated the influence of oral administration of (-)epigallocatechin3 gallate (EGCG) on the gut microbiota, serum bile acid profile, and gene expression in the liver in mice fed a highfat diet (HFD). EGCG significantly inhibited the increase in histological fatty deposit and triglyceride accumulation in the liver induced by HFD, and improved intestinal dysbiosis. One of important findings is that the abundance of Proteobacteria and Defferibacteres phylums increased markedly in the HFD group, and this increase was significantly suppressed in the EGCG group. Interestingly, taurine conjugated cholic acid (TCA) increased in the HFD group, like the mirror image against a marked decrease in the cholic acid (CA) value, and this increase was markedly inhibited in the EGCG group. TCA is not a simple serum biomarker for liver injury but TCA may be a causal factor to disturb lipid metabolism. The distribution of correlation coefficients by Heatmap analysis showed that the abundance of Akkermansia and Parabacteroides genus showed a positive correlation with CA and a negative correlation with TCA, and significantly increased in the EGCG group as compared with the HFD group. In addition, nutrigenomics approaches demonstrated that sirtuin signaling, EIF2 pathway and circadian clock are involved in the antisteatotic effects of EGCG. In the present paper, we summarized recent update data of EGCG function focusing on intestinal microbiota and their interaction with host cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-9
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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