Effects of the marine unicellular alga Nannochloropsis sp. to reduce the plasma and liver cholesterol levels in male rats fed on diets with cholesterol

Moshe J. Werman, Assaf Sukenik, Shoshana Mokady

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Abstract

The effects of Nannochloropsis were studied on rats consuming hypercholesterolemic diets. The whole biomass and the hexane/ethanol extract increased the plasma and hepatic eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids levels, and reduced the cholesterol levels. We also observed a higher level of propionate, and a lower ratio between acetate and propionate. These data suggest the efficacy of Nannochloropsis in reducing cholesterol levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2266-2268
Number of pages3
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Volume67
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cholesterol
  • Liver
  • Nannochloropsis sp.
  • Plasma
  • Rat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

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