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Ichiro Kawahata published latest article in Journal of natural medicines entitled Fermented Citrus reticulata (ponkan) fruit squeezed draff that contains a large amount of 4-demethylnobiletin prevents MK801-induced memory impairment. This article is available in PubMed with an unique identification number PMID: 28488113 and it is published in 2017. The coauthors of this article are Kawahata I; Suzuki T; Rico EG; Kusano S; Tamura H; Mimaki Y; Yamakuni T.


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Article Title: Fermented Citrus reticulata (ponkan) fruit squeezed draff that contains a large amount of 4-demethylnobiletin prevents MK801-induced memory impairment.

Co-Author(s): Kawahata I; Suzuki T; Rico EG; Kusano S; Tamura H; Mimaki Y; Yamakuni T

Affiliation(s): Department of Pharmacology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, 6-3 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8578, Japan.

PMID 28488113, Year 2017

Abstract: A previous study reported biotransformation of a citrus peel polymethoxyflavone, nobiletin, by Aspergillus enabling production of 4-demethylnobiletin, and the products antimutagenic activity. However, the effects of fermented citrus peel on the basal forebrain-hippocampal system remain unidentified. Citrus reticulata (ponkan) fruit squeezed draffs are generated as mass waste in beverage factories. In this study using PC12D cells and cultured central nervous system neurons, we therefore examined whether Aspergillus kawachii-fermented citrus fruit squeezed draff could affect cAMP response element (CRE)- and choline acetyltransferase gene (ChAT) promoter region-mediated transcriptional activities relevant to memory formation and cholinergic function. Our current fermentation yielded approximately 80% nobiletin bioconversion, and a sample of hot-water extract of the fermented fruit squeezed draff was stronger than that of the unfermented one in facilitating CRE-mediated transcription in cultured hippocampal neurons as well as in PC12D cells. A sample of 0-80% ethanol-eluted fraction of Diaion HP-20 column-adsorbed components of the preparation obtained by the fermentation concentration-dependently and more strongly facilitated CRE-mediated transcription than did the fraction of the unfermented one in both cell culture systems. In a separate study, this polymethoxyflavone-rich fraction of the fermented fruit squeezed draff showed a potent ability to facilitate CRE-mediated and ChAT transcription in a co-culture of hippocampal neurons and basal forebrain neurons. Repeated oral gavage of mice with the fermented fraction sample prevented MK801-impaired memory formation in mice. These findings suggest that the 4-demethylnobiletin-rich fraction prepared from the Aspergillus-fermented ponkan squeezed draff has a potential anti-dementia effect.

Journal: Journal of natural medicines

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