The effect of Korean Red Ginseng extract on rosiglitazone-induced improvement of glucose regulation in diet-induced obese mice

Mi Jeong Oh, Hyun Ju Kim, Eun Young Park, Na Hee Ha, Mun Gyu Song, Sang Hyun Choi, Boe Gwun Chun, Dong Hoon Kim

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Background: Korean Red Ginseng extract (KRG, Panax ginseng Meyer) and its constituents have been used for treating diabetes. However, in diet-induced obese mice, it is unclear whether KRG can enhance the glucose-lowering action of rosiglitazone (ROSI), a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma synthetic activator. Methods: Oral glucose tolerance tests (oGTTs) were performed after 4 days of treatment with a vehicle (CON), KRG [500 mg/kg body weight (b.w.)], ROSI (3.75 mg/kg b.w, 7.5 mg/kg b.w, and 15 mg/kg b.w.), or ROSI and KRG (RK) in obese mice on a high-fat diet. Adipose tissue morphology, crown-like structures (CLSs), and inflammation were compared by hematoxylin-eosin staining or quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Results: The area under the glucose curve (AUC) was significantly lower in the RK group (15 mg/kg b.w. and 500 mg/kg b.w. for ROSI and KRG, respectively) than in the CON group. There was no significant difference in the AUC between the CON and the other groups. Furthermore, the AUC was significantly lower in the RK group than in the ROSI group. The expression of the Ccl2 gene and the number of CLSs were significantly reduced in the RK group than in the CON group. Conclusion: Our results show a potential enhancement of ROSI-induced improvement of glucose regulation by the combined treatment with KRG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ginseng Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by 2012 grant from the Korean Society of Ginseng, Basic Science Research Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Seoul, Korea; grant number, NRF-2014R1A1A1A05002310), and a Korea University Grant (Seoul, Korea).We would also like to thank Hyung-Ha Lee and the Institute of Biomedical Science and Food Safety at the Korea University Food Safety Hall (Seoul, Korea) for technical support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Korean Society of Ginseng, Published by Elsevier.


  • Adipose tissue
  • Glucose regulation
  • Inflammation
  • Korean red ginseng
  • Rosiglitazone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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