Dose-responsive alteration in hepatic lipid peroxidation and retinol metabolism with increasing dietary beta-carotene in iron deficient rats

Ikeda, R.; Uehara, M.; Takasaki, M.; Chiba, H.; Masuyama, R.; Furusho, T.; Suzuki, K.

International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. Internationale Zeitschrift für Vitamin- und Ernahrungsforschung. Journal International de Vitaminologie et de Nutrition 72(5): 321-328


ISSN/ISBN: 0300-9831
PMID: 12463108
DOI: 10.1024/0300-9831.72.5.321
Accession: 010495192

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Phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide (PCOOH) levels are increased in the iron-deficient rat liver. We investigated the antioxidative effect of dietary beta-carotene and altered retinol metabolism in iron-deficient rats. Experiment 1: Male Wistar-strain rats were divided into six groups and fed a control diet, an iron-deficient diet, and iron-deficient diets with four different levels of dietary beta-carotene. The PCOOH concentration in the iron-deficient rat liver was decreased by supplementation with dietary beta-carotene. However, the beta-carotene dose response was not related to antioxidative potency. Hepatic and plasma beta-carotene concentrations were increased by iron deficiency. The hepatic retinol concentration was increased while the plasma retinol concentration was decreased in iron-deficient rats. Experiment 2: Male Wistar-strain rats were divided into two groups, with one group receiving a control diet with beta-carotene and the other an iron-deficient diet with beta-carotene. Intestinal iron was decreased and intestinal beta-carotene was unchanged in iron-deficient rats. The intestinal beta-carotene conversion ratio and beta-carotene cleavage enzyme activity were decreased in iron-deficient rats. Dietary beta-carotene played the role of an antioxidant in hepatic lipid peroxidation in the iron-deficient state, but there was no dose dependency. Moreover, intestinal beta-carotene cleavage and hepatic retinol release appear to be altered in iron-deficient rats.