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Effect of (−)-hydroxycitrate upon the accumulation of lipid in the rat: I. Lipogenesis

  • Ann C. Sullivan
  • Joseph Triscari
  • James G. Hamilton
  • O. Neal Miller
  • Victor R. Wheatley
Symposium: Effect of Drugs on Lipid Metabolism Presented at the AOCS Spring Meeting, New Orleans


The purpose of these investigations was to ascertain the effect of (−)-hydroxycitrate on the accumulation of lipid in the meal fed rat by examining the rates of lipogenesis after acute and chronic treatment. Oral administration of (−)-hydroxycitrate depressed significantly the in vivo lipogenic rates in a dose-dependent manner in the liver, adipose tissue, and small intestine. The hepatic inhibition was significant for the 8 hr period, when control animals demonstrated elevated rates of lipid synthesis. The kinetics of this reduction of in vivo hepatic lipogenesis were identical after acute or chronic administration of (−)-hydroxycitrate. However, in vitro rates of lipogenesis were elevated after chronic administration of (−)-hydroxycitrate for 30 days. Rats receiving (−)-hydroxycitrate consumed less food than the untreated controls; however, this decreased caloric intake was not responsible for the drug induced depression of hepatic lipogenesis, as shown by studies using pair fed rats.


Cholesterol Synthesis Lipid Synthesis Fatty Acid Synthetase Hepatic Lipogenesis Chronic Oral Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann C. Sullivan
    • 1
  • Joseph Triscari
    • 1
  • James G. Hamilton
    • 1
  • O. Neal Miller
    • 1
  • Victor R. Wheatley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemical NutritionHoffmann-LaRoche Inc.Nutley

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