Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (19): 10143-10154

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202010_23234

Enhancement of D-chiro-inositol transport across intestinal cells by alpha-Lactalbumin peptides

G. Ranaldi, S. Ferruzza, F. Natella, V. Unfer, Y. Sambuy, G. Monastra

Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Center for Food and Nutrition, Rome, Italy. giulia.ranaldi@crea.gov.it


OBJECTIVE: This study aims to characterize in vitro D-chiro-inositol intestinal absorption and identify factors able to improve its bioavailability. D-chiro-inositol, one of the natural occurring stereoisomer of myo-inositol, acts as a second messenger in insulin-regulated glucose metabolism in complementary mode with myo-inositol. Because of their insulin-mimetic activities and safety, both myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol are often employed as supplements in insulin-resistance treatment.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Trans-epithelial passage of D-chiro-inositol was evaluated in the human intestinal Caco-2 cell line differentiated on filter, a widely established in vitro model to study intestinal absorption. D-chiro-inositol transport was assayed in a concentration range corresponding to an estimated in vivo concentration following oral supplementation. α-Lactalbumin peptides, obtained by in vitro simulated gastrointestinal digestion, were tested as possible modulators of the intestinal permeability of D-chiro-inositol.

RESULTS: The absorption of this stereoisomer was relatively low and presumably due to passive diffusion, while it was greatly enhanced by the presence of α-Lactalbumin digest. α-Lactalbumin peptides induced an increase in paracellular permeability that was completely reversible, indicating lack of cytotoxicity. This effect involved temporary rearrangement of F-actin apical cytoskeleton and of the tight junction protein ZO-1.

CONCLUSIONS: Although further studies are required to identify and characterize the most effective peptides, the ability of α-Lactalbumin digest to act as absorption enhancers may have very interesting and promising applications in the fields of nutritional supplements and pharmacology.

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G. Ranaldi, S. Ferruzza, F. Natella, V. Unfer, Y. Sambuy, G. Monastra
Enhancement of D-chiro-inositol transport across intestinal cells by alpha-Lactalbumin peptides

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 19
Pages: 10143-10154
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202010_23234