Masaaki Okabe

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In this study, we investigated whether cacao liquor procyanidin (CLPr) extract, which consists of 4.3% catechin, 6.1% epicatechin, 39.4% procyanidins and others, ameliorated hyperglycemia and obesity in C57BL/6 mice fed a control or high-fat diet for 13 weeks. CLPr suppressed high-fat diet-induced hyperglycemia, glucose intolerance and fat accumulation in(More)
Hyperglycaemia and insulin resistance are associated with the increased risk of the metabolic syndrome and other severe health problems. The insulin-sensitive GLUT4 regulates glucose homoeostasis in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. In this study, we investigated whether cacao liquor procyanidin (CLPr) extract, which contains epicatechin, catechin and(More)
Procyanidins are oligomers and polymers of flavan-3-ols consisting of (-)-epicatechin subunits. In this study, we isolated and purified dimeric, trimeric and tetrameric procyanidins from cacao liquor and investigated their influence on the "incretin effect" as compared to the monomer, (-)-epicatechin in mice. Cinnamtannin A2 specifically increased the(More)
The received date of the article by Yamashita et al. (2012), presented in Journal of Nutritional Science, was given incorrectly. The correct received date is 23 October 2011. The editorial office apologise for any confusion caused. Cacao liquor procyanidin extract improves glucose tolerance by enhancing GLUT4 translocation and glucose uptake in skeletal(More)
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