2005 Volume 12 Issue 5 Pages 260-267
This study was performed to investigate whether the plasma concentration of phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide (PCOOH), which is a marker of oxidized stress in the blood, increased in cholesterol-fed rabbits, and fructose ingestion promoted this process and aggravated atherosclerosis. Male Japanese white rabbits (age: 12 weeks, and body weight: around 2.0 kg, n = 15) were divided into three groups, (1) a NN group as a normal control fed a standard diet (n = 5), (2) a CN group fed 1.0% cholesterol, and (3) a CF group given both 1.0% cholesterol and 10% fructose-containing tap water. During 8 weeks, plasma PCOOH levels increased significantly in the CN and CF groups compared to the NN group and fructose further raised the PCOOH level. The atherosclerosis was significantly promoted and the deposition of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) was marked in the CF group compared to the CN group. Fructose worsened the atheromatous lesions caused by cholesterol feeding. The mechanism is most likely through lipid peroxidation, which was increased by cholesterol feeding-induced hyperlipidemia, and the formation of AGEs.