Minor components of olive oil facilitate the triglyceride clearance from postprandial lipoproteins in a polarity-dependent manner in healthy men

Rosana Cabello-Moruno, Enrique Martinez-Force, Emilio Montero, Javier S Perona
Nutrition Research 2014, 34 (1): 40-7
Postprandial triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TRLs) are recognized as atherogenic particles whose lipid composition and function can be modified by the composition of dietary oils. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that minor components of pomace olive oil (POMACE) can not only change the composition of postprandial TRL but also affect the clearance of triglyceride (TG) molecular species of postprandial TRL. Meals enriched in either POMACE or refined olive oil (OLIVE) were administered to 10 healthy young men. TRL were isolated from serum at 2, 4, and 6 hours postprandially, and their fatty acid and TG molecular species compositions were analyzed by gas chromatography. The apolipoprotein B concentration was determined by immunoturbidimetry. POMACE and OLIVE, differing mainly in their unsaponifiable fraction, led to similar fatty acid and TG molecular species profiles in postprandial TRL. However, POMACE-TRL presented a higher particle size, estimated as TG to apolipoprotein B ratio, which was also found for the main TG molecular species (trioleoyl-glycerol, palmitoyl-dioleoyl-glycerol, palmitoyl-oeloyl-linoleoyl-glycerol, and dioleoyl-linoleoyl-glycerol). TG from POMACE-TRL also showed higher clearance rates. In this regard, apolar TG (with a higher equivalent carbon number) disappeared more rapidly from TRL particles obtained after the ingestion of either POMACE or OLIVE. In conclusion, minor components of POMACE facilitated TG clearance from TRL by modifying their particle size and the hydrolysis of the most apolar species.

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