Red-fleshed apples rich in anthocyanins and white-fleshed apples modulate the aorta and heart proteome in hypercholesterolaemic rats: the AppleCOR study

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Catalán Santos, Úrsula
Pedret, Anna
Yuste, Silvia
Rubió Piqué, LauraRubió Piqué, Laura - ORCID ID
Piñol Felis, CarmePiñol Felis, Carme - ORCID ID
Sandoval-Ramírez, Berner Andrée
Companys, Judit
Foguet, Elisabet
Herrero, Pol
Canela, Núria
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The impact of a red-fleshed apple (RFA) rich in anthocyanins (ACNs), a white-fleshed apple (WFA) without ACNs, and an extract infusion from Aronia fruit (AI) equivalent in dose of cyanidin-3-O-galactoside (main ACN) as RFA was determined by the proteome profile of aorta and heart as key cardiovascular tissues. Hypercholesterolaemic Wistar rats were separated into six groups (n = 6/group; three males and three females) and the proteomic profiles were analyzed using nanoliquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. No adverse events were reported and all products were well tolerated. RFA downregulated C1QB and CFP in aorta and CRP in heart. WFA downregulated C1QB and CFP in aorta and C9 and C3 in aorta and heart, among other proteins. AI downregulated PRKACA, IQGAP1, and HSP90AB1 related to cellular signaling. Thus, both apples showed an anti-inflammatory effect through the complement system, while RFA reduced CRP. Regardless of the ACN content, an apple matrix effect was observed that involved different bioactive components, and inflammatory proteins were reduced.
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Nutrients, 2022, vol. 14, núm. 5, p.1-23