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The flavonoid apigenin improves glucose tolerance through inhibition of microRNA maturation in miRNA103 transgenic mice.


PMID 23989853

Abstract

Polyphenols are representative bioactive substances with diverse biological effects. Here, we show that apigenin, a flavonoid, has suppressive effects on microRNA (miRNA) function. The effects were mediated by impaired maturation of a subset of miRNAs, probably through inhibition of the phosphorylation of TRBP, a component of miRNA-generating complexes via impaired mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) Erk activation. While glucose intolerance was observed in miRNA103 (miR103)-overexpressing transgenic mice, administration of apigenin improved this pathogenic status likely through suppression of matured miR103 expression levels. These results suggest that apigenin may have favorable effects on the pathogenic status induced by overexpression of miRNA103, whose maturation is mediated by phosphorylated TRBP.