Korean J Sports Med.  2010 Jun;28(1):57-63.

Combined Effect of High Intensity Exercise and (-) Epigallocatechin-3-gallate of Green Tea Supplementation on Heme Oxygenase-1 in the Large Intestine of SD Rats

  • 1Department of Medical Non-Commissioned Officer, Wonkwang Health Science University, IkSan, Korea. sjchoi@wkhc.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Nursing, Wonkwang Health Science University, IkSan, Korea.


The purpose
of this study was to investigate effects of combined treatment with high intensity exercise and (-) epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), a potent free radical scavenger on a transcriptional level of hemoxygenase-1 gene in the large intestine. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control group (CON, n=7), high intensity exercise group (HIE, n=7), EGCG group (EGCG, n=7), and EGCG plus high intensity exercise group (HIE + EGCG, n=7). Animals were given an intraperitoneal injection of EGCG with 50 mg of dosage per kg for four weeks 30 minutes before exercise. In order to induce HIE animals were allowed to ran on a treadmill with 0 degree of slope at speed of 28 m/min for 30 minutes. The exercise was performed four times a week for four week. The results of this study were as following; The expression level of hemoxygenase-1 mRNA of the high intensity exercise group was 15.21 times higher than that of the control group. The EGCG plus high intensity exercise group showed 5.98 times increased expression level of hemoxygenase-1 mRNA than control group. These results suggest that treatment of EGCG decrease the expression level of HO-1 mRNA through the removal of oxygen radicals produced by a high intensity exercise.


Epigallocatechin-3-gallate; Exercise; Hemoxygenase-1
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