Soft-shelled turtle eggs inhibit the formation of AGEs in the serum and skin of diabetic rats


Although soft-shelled turtle eggs (STE) have been used as a folk medicine for revitalization and the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, the scientific evidence to support the use of STE in this manner is scarce. To clarify the physiological evidence, STE was administered to diabetic rats and the inhibitory effects on the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which are known to increase with the progression of lifestyle-related diseases, were examined. STE and citric acid were administered to diabetic rats for 3 months, and serum N (ε)-(carboxymethyl)lysine (CML) contents were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Although the administration of STE did not affect the body weight, glycoalbumin or ketone body levels, it significantly reduced the serum level of CML. The accumulation of AGEs, which was measured by fluorescence intensity in the auricle skin and the lower gums, was also reduced by the administration of STE to a similar extent to that observed with citric acid. This report provides the first evidence that the oral administration of STE reduces the formation of AGEs, suggesting that one of the health effects of STE may be the inhibition of AGEs formation.

DOI: 10.3164/jcbn.15-131

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@inproceedings{Yamanaka2016SoftshelledTE, title={Soft-shelled turtle eggs inhibit the formation of AGEs in the serum and skin of diabetic rats}, author={Mikihiro Yamanaka and Jun-ichi Shirakawa and Rei-ichi Ohno and Masatoshi Shinagawa and Kota Hatano and Hikari Sugawa and Shoutaro Arakawa and Chisato Furusawa and Mime Nagai and Ryoji Nagai}, booktitle={Journal of clinical biochemistry and nutrition}, year={2016} }