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Metabolomics reveals the mechanism of (−)-hydroxycitric acid promotion of protein synthesis and inhibition of fatty acid synthesis in broiler chickens

  • M. L. Peng (a1), J. Han (a1) (a2), L. L. Li (a1) and H. T. Ma (a1)


(−)-Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), a major component of Garcinia cambogia extracts, has been shown to suppress BW gain and fat accumulation in animals and humans. However, the mechanism remains unknown. In this study, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used to analyse serum metabolites, and principal component analysis and partial least-squares-discriminant analysis models were generated to analyse serum metabolite changes in broiler chickens after the administration of (−)-HCA at 0, 1000, 2000 and 3000 mg/kg diets for 28 days. Metabolites showing significant changes were screened by ‘variable importance in the projection’ plots. The results showed that 20 metabolites in the 1000 mg/kg (−)-HCA treatment group and 16 metabolites in 3000 mg/kg (−)-HCA treatment group were significantly altered. Metabolites pathway enrichment analysis indicated that these metabolites were mainly associated with metabolism of amino acids, protein synthesis, citric acid cycle, and uric acid and fatty acid synthesis. The data indicated that (−)-HCA promoted protein synthesis by regulating the metabolic directions of amino acids. At the same time, (−)-HCA treatment inhibited fatty acid synthesis by promoting the citric acid cycle, resulting in reduced cytosolic acetyl-CoA content in broiler chickens. The present study identified global changes in metabolites and analysed the main canonical metabolic pathways in broiler chickens supplemented with (−)-HCA. These results will deepen our understanding of the mechanism of (−)-HCA’s effects in animals.


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