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Coffea arabica bean extract inhibits glucose transport and disaccharidase activity in Caco‑2 cells

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    • Atcharaporn Ontawong
    • Acharaporn Duangjai
    • Chutima Srimaroeng
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  • Published online on: July 12, 2021
  • Article Number: 73
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The major constituents of Coffea arabica (coffee), including caffeine, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, exhibit antihyperglycemic properties in in vitro and in vivo models. However, whether Coffea arabica bean extract (CBE) regulates glucose uptake activity and the underlying mechanisms involved remain unclear. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of CBE on glucose absorption and identify the mechanisms involved using an in vitro model. The uptake of a fluorescent glucose analog into Caco‑2 colorectal adenocarcinoma cells was determined. The expression levels of sodium glucose co‑transporter 1 (SGLT1) and glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2) were evaluated. In addition, glycoside hydrolase enzyme activity was investigated. It was observed that CBE inhibited disaccharidase enzyme activity. Furthermore, CBE exerted an inhibitory effect on intestinal glucose absorption by downregulating SGLT1‑ and GLUT2‑mediated 5' AMP‑activated protein kinase phosphorylation and suppressing hepatocyte nuclear factor 1α expression. These data suggest that CBE may attenuate glucose absorption and may have potentially beneficial antihyperglycemic effects in the body; however, the mechanisms underlying the effects of CBE must be elucidated through further investigation.


Type 2 diabetes is a disease that occurs when blood glucose levels are high, which is referred to as hyperglycemia. The severity of hyperglycemia is determined by an imbalance between glucose entering and leaving the circulation. Carbohydrates from the diet are hydrolyzed by digestive enzymes. α-Glucosidase or sucrase-isomaltase cleaves the α-glucoside bonds of disaccharides, including sucrose, to monosaccharides. The absorption of dietary monosaccharides by the intestine may be one of the risk factors associated with diabetes mellitus (1). Glucose derived from starch or sucrose is taken up by the epithelial cells through the brush border membrane (BBM), predominantly by a sodium-dependent glucose co-transporter (SGLT1) (2,3). A previous study has revealed that glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2) is expressed at the BBM of enterocytes during the digestive phase and may affect circulatory glucose concentration (2). Subsequently, glucose effluxes across the basolateral membrane (BLM) to the blood circulation via GLUT2. Therefore, any factor that influences the activity of SGLT1 and GLUT2 also alters the absorption and metabolism of glucose.

Previous studies have reported that intestinal SGLT1 mRNA expression is increased in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats and mice (4,5). Additionally, Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty rats exhibiting increased intestinal SGLT1 mRNA expression combined with impaired glucose tolerance ultimately developed insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (6). Similarly, patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus also exhibit elevated intestinal glucose uptake as a result of increased SGLT1 mRNA and protein expression (7). Furthermore, GLUT2 protein expression is increased at the BBM of enterocytes in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats (8) and in response to elevated glucose levels in the intestinal lumen (9). Therefore, intestinal SGLT1 and GLUT2 have a significant impact on the progression of diabetes mellitus.

Coffea arabica is one of the most widely consumed beverages. In traditional Chinese medicine, the green Coffea bean is classified as a blood circulation warmer, liver qi (Chinese concept of energy) and menstrual regulation, stimulant, heart orifice opening, detoxification and tonification herb (a traditional Chinese medicine therapeutic concept that nourishes and replenishes the qi and blood of weakened individuals) (10). At present, the Coffea species C. arabica (Arabica) and C. canephora (Robusta) are economically important in the global coffee market. The major constituents of Coffea include caffeine, chlorogenic acid, diterpenes and trigonelline (11). Moderate intake of Coffea has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and liver disease (12-14). As mentioned above, there are several studies on the antidiabetic potential of roast Coffea. However, to the best of our knowledge, the effects of Coffea arabica bean extract (CBE) on glucose absorption and the related mechanisms remain unknown. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of CBE on glucose absorption in human Caco-2 colorectal adenocarcinoma cells. Additionally, the molecular mechanisms involved in glucose transport in an in vitro model were determined.

Materials and methods


DMEM/F12, CelLytic MT mammalian tissue lysis/extraction reagents, phloretin, chlorogenic acid, caffeine, caffeic acid and ferulic acid were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich; Merck KGaA. FBS was purchased from Gibco; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Polyclonal rabbit anti-SGLT1 (1:250; cat. no. 07-1417), GLUT2 (1:250; cat. no. 07-1402-I), 5' AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK; 1:250; cat. no. 07-1417) and phospho-AMPK (1:250; cat. no. 07-363) were purchased from Merck KGaA. Monoclonal mouse alkaline phosphatase (ALP; 1:500; cat. no. NB110-3638) antibodies were obtained from Novus Biologicals, LLC. Monoclonal mouse anti-β-actin (1:500; cat. no. ab8224) was purchased from Abcam. 2-(N-(7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl)amino)-2-deoxyglucose (2-NBDG) was obtained from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Phlorizin was purchased from Tocris Bioscience. All other chemicals with high purity were obtained from commercial sources.

CBE extract preparation, purification and qualification

Coffea arabica beans were kindly provided by Hillkoff, and a voucher specimen (no. NU003806) was deposited at the herbarium of the Faculty of Biology, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand. Dried Coffea arabica beans were weighed and blended thoroughly, followed by 100˚C water infusion for 30 min. Subsequently, the liquid extract was filtered through filter paper (Whatman plc; GE Healthcare Life Sciences) three times. The filtrate was evaporated using a lyophilizer (Labconco). The chemical constituents of CBE, caffeine, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid and ferulic acid (Sigma-Aldrich; Merck KGaA), were used as references for validation and quantitation by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with diode array detection on an Agilent 1200 series chromatograph (LabX) at the Science and Technology Service Centre, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University (Chiang Mai, Thailand) according to the ISO/IEC 17025 method (International Organization for Standardization, 2005) (15). The flow rate was 0.5 ml/min. The mobile phase was a binary solvent system consisting of 2% acetic acid dissolved in HPLC water (solvent A) and absolute methanol (solvent B). The column used was an Eclipse XDB-C18 (4.6x150 mm; 5 µm) and the absorption wavelength selected was 280 nm.

Cell culture

The Caco-2 human colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line was purchased from American Type Culture Collection. Cells in the 2nd-22nd passage were grown in DMEM/F12 containing 20 and 1% penicillin-streptomycin in a humidified atmosphere with 5% CO2. Caco-2 cells were seeded in 24- and 96-well plates at a density of 5x104 cells/well and were cultured at 37˚C for 18-21 days to create a differentiated Caco-2 monolayer. Differentiated Caco-2 monolayer forms a continuous barrier between the apical and basolateral compartments and express several morphological and functional characteristics of the absorptive enterocytes as found in the small intestine (16). The medium was replaced every 3 days during culture.

Glucose transport in human intestinal Caco-2 cells

Differentiated Caco-2 cells were washed three times with PBS (pH 7.4) and incubated with 2 mM 2-NBDG in the presence or absence of 0.1-1,000 µg/ml CBE, a molar ratio of four major active compounds of chlorogenic acid (29.62 µg/ml), caffeine (5.11 µg/ml), caffeic acid (3.16 µg/ml), ferulic acid (1.54 µg/ml), phlorizin (0.5 mM) and phloretin (1 mM) for 4 h. The medium was removed and the cells were washed three times with ice-cold PBS. The fluorescence intensity was measured using a Synergy™ HT microplate reader (BioTek Instruments, Inc.) at excitation and emission wavelengths of 485 and 535 nm, respectively.

Determination of cell viability

The viability of Caco-2 cells after exposure to CBE and other test compounds was determined using an MTT assay. Caco-2 cells were seeded at a density of 5x104 cells/well in 96-well plates and cultured for 18-21 days at 37˚C. On the day of the experiment, culture medium with or without test compounds was added and the cells were incubated for 4 h at 37˚C. After exposure, the cells were washed with PBS, culture medium containing MTT reagent was added and the cells were incubated for the next 4 h at 37˚C. At the end of the experiment, the MTT solution was aspirated and the cells were washed once with ice-cold PBS. DMSO was added to each well, and cells were incubated for a further 30 min at 37˚C. The absorbance of dissolved formazan was measured at a wavelength of 570 nm using an M965 AccuReader microplate reader (Metertech, Inc.). The sample detected at a wavelength of 680 nm was also used as a reference.

Inhibition of disaccharidase activity in Caco-2 cells

The dose of CBE used in this experiment was inferred from the glucose transport experiment, which revealed that CBE at a dose of 100 µg/ml reduced glucose transport to a similar extent to that observed with CBE at a dose of 1,000 µg/ml. Therefore, CBE at a dose of 100 µg/ml was selected for further experiments. Inhibition of sucrase enzyme activity was determined as previously described, with some modifications (17). Briefly, differentiated Caco-2 cells were rinsed three times with Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) (Sigma-Aldrich; Merck KGaA). The cells were subsequently incubated with HBSS containing 28 mM sucrose, which is an α-glucosidase substrate, in the presence or absence of 100 µg/ml CBE, a molar ratio of four major active compounds of CBE at 100 µg/ml of chlorogenic acid (29.62 µg/ml), caffeine (5.11 µg/ml), caffeic acid (3.16 µg/ml), ferulic acid (1.54 µg/ml) and acarbose, disaccharidase inhibitor (50 µM) at 37˚C for 40 min. After incubation, the incubated solution was collected. The glucose concentration was assayed using commercial enzymatic assay kits (cat. no. BLT0002) obtained from Biotechnical, Co., Ltd. Cells were lysed by three freeze-thaw cycles and protein concentration was determined using a Bradford assay (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.). The data obtained are expressed as units per mg protein.

Reverse transcription-quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR)

Previous studies have demonstrated that sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1 (SREBP-1c) and hepatocyte nuclear factor 1α (HNF1α) are involved in SGLT1 and GLUT2 expression and function. Therefore, the present study measured SREBP-1c and HNF1α mRNA expression in Caco-2 cells after 4 h of exposure to CBE and other test compounds. Total RNA was extracted and purified from Caco-2 cells using TRIzol® reagent (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.) according to the manufacturer's protocol. First strand cDNA was synthesized using a SensiFAST™ cDNA synthesis kit (Bioline; Meridian Bioscience) and qPCR was performed using SYBR Real-Time PCR MasterMix (Bioline; Meridian Bioscience) on a CFX Touch real-time PCR system (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.). PCR amplifications were performed in a 20-µl volume with the following thermocycling conditions: A polymerase enzyme activation step at 95˚C for 2 min; followed by 40 cycles consisting of 5 sec of denaturation at 95˚C, 10 sec of annealing at 60˚C depending on primers, and 10 sec of elongation at 72˚C. Forward and reverse primers were purchased from Macrogen, Inc. and used at a final concentration of 0.4 µM. The specific primer sets for human SREBP-1c, HNF1α and GAPDH were as follows: Human (h)SREBP-1c forward, 5'-ATACCACCAGCGTCTACC-3' and reverse, 5'-CACCAACAGCCCATTGAG-3'; hHNF1α forward, 5'-TACACCTGGTACGTCCGCAA-3' and reverse, 5'-CACTTGAAACGGTTCCTCCG-3'; and hGAPDH forward, 5'-AGCCTTCTCCATGGTGGTGAAGAC-3' and reverse, 5'-CGGAGTCAACGGATTTGGTCG-3'. The results were calculated using the 2-ΔΔCq method (18), normalized to GAPDH mRNA levels and reported as the relative fold change. qPCR amplification was performed in duplicate for each synthesized cDNA set.

Subcellular fractionation and western blot analysis

To measure protein expression of the glucose transporters SGLT1, GLUT2, AMPK and phosphorylated AMPK (p-AMPK), which is the SGLT1 and GLUT2 regulator (19,20), subcellular fractions were prepared using differential centrifugation. Caco-2 cells were lysed using lysis buffer containing 1% complete protease inhibitor mixture according to the manufacturer's protocol. Briefly, samples were disrupted using a homogenizer and centrifuged at 5,000 x g for 10 min at 4˚C. The supernatant was designated as whole-cell lysate. Half of the supernatant was recentrifuged at 100,000 x g for 2 h at 4˚C. The supernatant fraction from this step was designated as the cytosolic fraction, while the pellet was re-suspended with the same buffer and used as the membrane fraction. The protein concentration in each sample was also determined using a Bradford assay (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.), and the samples were stored at -80˚C prior to use. For western blot analysis, samples were resolved in 4X Laemmli solution, electrophoresed by 10% SDS-PAGE and transferred onto PVDF membranes (Merck KGaA). Non-specific binding was eliminated by blocking with 5% (w/v) non-fat dry milk in 0.05% Tween-20 in Tris-buffered saline (TBS-T) for 1 h at room temperature and incubated overnight at 4˚C with polyclonal anti-rabbit SGLT1 (1:250; cat. no. 07-1417), polyclonal anti-rabbit GLUT2 (1:250; cat. no. 07-1402-I), polyclonal anti-rabbit AMPK (1:250; cat. no. 07-1417), polyclonal anti-rabbit p-AMPK (1:250; cat. no. 07-363), monoclonal anti-mouse ALP (BBM marker) (1:500; cat. no. NB110-3638), monoclonal anti-mouse Na+K+ATPase (BLM marker) (1:500; cat. no. NB300-146) or anti-mouse β-actin (1:500; cat. no. ab8224) antibodies. The PVDF membrane was washed with TBS-T buffer and incubated with horseradish peroxidase-conjugated ImmunoPure secondary goat anti-rabbit or anti-mouse IgG (1:1,000 dilution; cat. no. AP132P; Merck KGaA) for 1 h at room temperature. Proteins were detected using Clarity Western ECL Substrate (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.) and semi-quantitatively analyzed using ImageJ version 1.44p (National Institutes of Health).

Statistical analysis

Data are presented as the mean ± the standard error of the mean. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 23 (IBM Corp.). A one-way ANOVA followed by a post-hoc Dunnett's test was used to compare differences between multiple groups. P<0.05 was considered to indicate a statistically significant difference.


Phenolic compounds in CBE

The HPLC chromatogram of CBE reliably detected chlorogenic acid, caffeine, caffeic acid and ferulic acid with retention times of 17.163, 19.761, 21.867 and 29.626 min, respectively, compared with their respective references (Fig. 1). A relatively high content of chlorogenic acid was obtained (296.2 mg/g) compared with other phenolic compounds. In addition, caffeine, a major component in Coffea arabica beans, was found at 51.1 mg/g of CBE, whereas caffeic acid and ferulic acid were present at 31.6 and 15.4 mg/g of CBE, respectively.

CBE inhibits glucose uptake in intestinal Caco-2 cells

To further demonstrate the inhibitory effect of CBE and its major constituents on glucose absorption, a glucose transport experiment was performed. As shown in Fig. 2A, CBE at 10-1,000 µg/ml inhibited glucose transport compared with the control similar to phlorizin (an SGLT1 inhibitor) and phloretin (a GLUT2 inhibitor). These data indicated that CBE may interfere with the transport function of SGLT1 and GLUT2 resulting in decreased glucose uptake into Caco-2 cells. In addition, the major constituent, caffeic acid, also reduced glucose uptake to a similar degree to 100 and 1,000 µg/ml CBE, suggesting that inhibition of glucose uptake by CBE may be partly affected by caffeic acid.

Cell viability under exposure to test compounds was also examined. CBE (0.1-1,000 µg/ml), caffeine, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, phlorizin and phloretin did not affect Caco-2 cell viability compared with that of control cells (Fig. 2B). These data suggested that CBE and its major components exerted an inhibitory effect on glucose absorption without any cytotoxic effect.

CBE attenuates sucrase activity in intestinal Caco-2 cells

To determine the effect of CBE on sucrase activity, the glucose concentration in the substrate solution was evaluated. As shown in Fig. 3, co-incubation with CBE at 100 µg/ml decreased the glucose concentration compared with the control group. Furthermore, the constituents of CBE (caffeine, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid) were also reduced compared with the control. The inhibitory effect was similar to that of the positive control, acarbose, which is a sucrase enzyme inhibitor. Therefore, CBE may not only reduce glucose transporter expression but also decrease disaccharidase enzyme activity, leading to decreased glucose transport across the human intestinal cell membrane.

CBE downregulates SGLT1 and GLUT2 protein expression

To further determine whether the reduced rate of glucose transport caused by CBE was due to decreased membrane expression of SGLT1, cellular protein expression of SGLT1 was determined using western blotting. As shown in Fig. 4A and B, SGLT1 membrane protein expression was decreased by CBE and its constituent, caffeic acid, compared with the control group. Similarly, phlorizin (an SGLT1 inhibitor) also decreased SGLT1 protein expression in Caco-2 cells, whereas cells treated with caffeine, chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid and phloretin did not exhibit any notable differences. Accordingly, CBE-induced downregulation of SGLT1 membrane protein expression resulted in a reduction of glucose uptake in human intestinal epithelia.

As mentioned above, GLUT2 is also associated with intestinal glucose absorption in both the BBM and BLM. Therefore, the present study further examined the effect of CBE on GLUT2 expression using western blotting. The results showed that GLUT2 membrane protein expression was reduced by CBE, caffeic acid and phloretin (a GLUT2 inhibitor) (Fig. 4C and D). However, caffeine-, chlorogenic acid-, ferulic acid- and phlorizin-treated cells did not exhibit any notable differences (Fig. 4B). Therefore, the results suggested that CBE downregulated glucose transport across the jejunal epithelial cell membrane via GLUT2 inhibition.

CBE inhibits SGLT1 expression via activation of AMPK

To further elucidate the mechanism by which CBE reduced glucose uptake, the effect of CBE on intestinal AMPK activation and expression was further investigated. As shown in Fig. 5, phosphorylation of AMPK, a rate-limiting enzyme decelerating gluconeogenesis, was increased in the CBE-treated group compared with the control group, similar to the caffeic acid-treated group. Neither CBE constituents nor glucose transporter inhibitors activated p-AMPK. Therefore, CBE and caffeic acid exerted a suppressive effect on glucose absorption, primarily via inhibition of SGLT1 expression at the translational level, resulting in modulation of AMPK activity.

CBE modulates GLUT2 expression through HNF1α gene suppression

The present study further investigated the mechanisms by which CBE inhibited glucose uptake. SREBP-1c and HNF1α serve a critical role in glucose transporter regulation. Therefore, the expression levels of these transcription factors in Caco-2 cells were determined using qPCR. CBE at 100 µg/ml suppressed HNF1α mRNA expression, similar to caffeic acid and phloretin, a GLUT2 inhibitor (Fig. 6). However, there was no effect on SREBP-1c expression. Therefore, these data suggested that CBE and its major component, caffeic acid, had an inhibitory effect on GLUT2 transport function and expression via HNF1α expression.


It has been previously shown that the diabetic status enhances intestinal glucose transport across the BBM and BLM by increasing SGLT1 and GLUT2 function and expression at both the transcriptional and translational level (4,21-23). In addition, the amount of SGLT1 protein is upregulated four-fold in the gut of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, resulting in a three-fold elevation of monosaccharide absorption compared with healthy individuals (24). Therefore, the identification of novel strategies to modulate these key regulators in glucose absorption may be useful for preventing further development of diabetes mellitus. A reduction of cellular glucose transport indicates decreased cell surface glucose transporter expression or interference in glucose transporter trafficking. The results of the present study demonstrated that CBE and one of its constituents, caffeic acid, inhibited SGLT1 and GLUT2 membrane expression, resulting in reduced glucose absorption. Similarly, a reduction of glucose uptake into enterocytes has been reported in SGLT1-deficient mice (25). Furthermore, several natural compounds, including flavonoids, anthocyanin-rich berry extract and polyphenol-rich herbal extract, also inhibit glucose absorption via downregulation of SGLT1 and GLUT2 expression (26-28).

AMPK serves a role in the regulation of cellular glucose uptake, glycolysis, fatty acid oxidation and enzymes required for ATP production (29-32). Previous studies have demonstrated that AMPK regulates cellular glucose uptake through the increased translocation of GLUT2 to the BBM (20,33), whereas another study suggested that AMPK decreases cellular glucose uptake by reducing the expression levels of SGLT1 in cell membranes (20). Consistent with the effect of CBE on AMPK activation in the present study, caffeic acid, one of the major components found in CBE, also stimulates AMPK in Caco-2 cells, resulting in downregulation of SGLT1. Furthermore, CBE and caffeic acid suppress GLUT2 protein expression, resulting in reduced glucose uptake, suggesting that CBE and caffeic acid may regulate GLUT2 protein expression. Although the direct effect of CBE on AMPK activation was not investigated in the present study, a previous study demonstrated that caffeic acid directly activates AMPK in C-4I cells, whereas chlorogenic acid does not cause AMPK stimulation (34,35). Therefore, CBE, primarily caffeic acid, inhibits intestinal glucose absorption, partly via activation of AMPK-mediated downregulation of SGLT1/GLUT2 expression.

A previous study showed that HNF1α is an important transcription factor for endogenous SGLT1 expression in cultured enterocytes (36). Additionally, HNF1α is essential for the expression of GLUT2 transporter (37,38). Consistently, the present study demonstrated that CBE, caffeic acid and the GLUT2 inhibitor phloretin downregulated HNF1α mRNA expression, resulting in reduction of glucose transporter expression and function. Similarly, SGLT1 expression is reduced following HNF1α- or hepatocyte nuclear factor-1β-knockdown (36). Furthermore, GLUT2 expression is decreased in HNF1α-/- mice (39) and INS1 cells expressing a dominant negative inhibitor of HNF1α (38). Therefore, downregulating intestinal SGLT1 and GLUT2 expression via AMPK protein activation and HNF1α gene suppression by CBE contributes to reduced transepithelial transport of glucose in the intestinal epithelium.

CBE and its constituents (caffeine, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid) strongly inhibit sucrase activity in Caco-2 cells, similar to acarbose (a sucrase enzyme inhibitor). Similarly, the mulberry leaf polyphenols arabinoxylan monosaccharide and arabinoxylan oligosaccharide markedly decrease intestinal α-glucosidase enzyme activity, making glucose unavailable for absorption (40,41). Therefore, CBE downregulated glucose transporter expression, and as a result, reduced glucose uptake into intestinal absorptive cells. Furthermore, CBE interfered with disaccharidase enzyme activity. Due to this distinctive mechanism of glucose inhibition, CBE may be a novel glucose-lowering supplement, broadening the available therapeutic options for diabetes mellitus. However, it should be noted that the effect of CBE on intestinal glucose absorption and its mechanisms require further investigation in animal models and clinical trials.

In conclusion, to the best of our knowledge, the present study is the first to demonstrate the effective antihyperglycemic action of CBE by reducing intestinal glucose absorption via activation of AMPK, suppressing HNF1α gene expression, downregulating SGLT1 and GLUT2 expression and function, and interfering with sucrase enzyme activity (Fig. 7). Therefore, CBE may hold promise as an intestinal glucose absorption inhibitor, and further in vivo studies and clinical trials are required to elucidate whether CBE has an overall antihyperglycemic effect in diabetes mellitus.


The authors would like to thank Mr Jakkapong Inchai (Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University) for his technical assistance.

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All data generated and/or analyzed during the present study are included in the published article.

Authors' contributions

AO was involved in conceptualization, methodology, validation, investigation, writing the original draft, visualization, supervision and project administration. AD was involved in designing the methodology, and reviewing and editing of the manuscript. CS was involved in designing the methodology, and in reviewing, editing and revising of the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript. AO, AD and CS confirm the authenticity of all the raw data.

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Ontawong A, Duangjai A and Srimaroeng C: <em>Coffea arabica</em> bean extract inhibits glucose transport and disaccharidase activity in Caco‑2 cells. Biomed Rep 15: 73, 2021
Ontawong, A., Duangjai, A., & Srimaroeng, C. (2021). <em>Coffea arabica</em> bean extract inhibits glucose transport and disaccharidase activity in Caco‑2 cells. Biomedical Reports, 15, 73.
Ontawong, A., Duangjai, A., Srimaroeng, C."<em>Coffea arabica</em> bean extract inhibits glucose transport and disaccharidase activity in Caco‑2 cells". Biomedical Reports 15.3 (2021): 73.
Ontawong, A., Duangjai, A., Srimaroeng, C."<em>Coffea arabica</em> bean extract inhibits glucose transport and disaccharidase activity in Caco‑2 cells". Biomedical Reports 15, no. 3 (2021): 73.