Inhibition of hepatic glucose 6-phosphatase system by the green tea flavanol epigallocatechin gallate.. Miklós Csala; Eva Margittai; Silvia Senesi; Alessandra Gamberucci; Gábor Bánhegyi; József Mandl; Angelo Benedetti (2007) FEBS letters display abstract
Effect of 5-100 microM epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on hepatic glucose 6-phosphatase (G6Pase) system was investigated. EGCG inhibited G6Pase in intact but not in permeabilized rat liver microsomes, suggesting the interference with the transport. However, EGCG did not hinder microsomal glucose 6-phosphate (G6P) uptake. Instead, it increased the accumulation of radioactivity after the addition of [(14)C]G6P, presumably due to a slower release of [(14)C]glucose, the product of luminal hydrolysis. Indeed, EGCG was found to inhibit microsomal glucose efflux. Since G6Pase activity is depressed by glucose in a concentration-dependent manner, we concluded that EGCG inhibits G6Pase through an elevated luminal glucose level.