Effect of Kaempferia parviflora extract and its polymethoxyflavonoid components on testosterone production in mouse testis-derived tumour cells

Satoru Horigome, Misato Maeda, Hsin Jung Ho, Hitoshi Shirakawa, Michio Komai

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Abstract

Low testosterone is associated with late-onset hypogonadism, age-related disease, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of Kaempferia parviflora extract and two of its components, 5,7-dimethoxyflavone and 5-hydroxy-3,7,3′,4′-tetramethoxyflavone, on testosterone production in mouse testis-derived tumour cells I-10. K. parviflora fractions containing 5,7-dimethoxyflavone elicited testosterone production in these cells, as did nobiletin, a polymethoxyflavonoid found in citrus species, but not K. parviflora, which was used as a comparative control. Furthermore, we found that these compounds enhanced testosterone production via cyclic AMP (cAMP)/cAMP response element binding protein signalling. In particular, the compounds inhibited activation of phosphodiesterase and thereby increased production of cAMP. These findings support the possibility that K. parviflora extract, 5,7-dimethoxyflavone, and nobiletin may mitigate age-related disease and hypogonadism by enhancing testosterone production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-538
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Functional Foods
Volume26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1

Keywords

  • Kaempferia parviflora
  • Polymethoxyflavonoid
  • Testis-derived tumour cells
  • Testosterone production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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