Human adenovirus Ad-36 promotes weight gain in male rhesus and marmoset monkeys

Department of Nutrition and Food Science and the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA.
Journal of Nutrition (Impact Factor: 4.23). 10/2002; 132(10):3155-60.
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ABSTRACT Although obesity has multiple etiologies, an overlooked possibility is an infectious origin. We previously identified two viruses, SMAM-1, an avian adenovirus (Ad), and Ad-36, a human adenovirus, that produce a syndrome of visceral obesity, with paradoxically decreased serum cholesterol and triglycerides in chickens and mice. In the two studies presented in this paper, we used nonhuman primates to investigate the adiposity-promoting potential of Ad-36. In study 1, we observed spontaneously occurring Ad-36 antibodies in 15 male rhesus monkeys, and a significant longitudinal association of positive antibody status with weight gain and plasma cholesterol lowering during the 18 mo after viral antibody appearance. In study 2, which was a randomized controlled experiment, three male marmosets inoculated with Ad-36 had a threefold body weight gain, a greater fat gain and lower serum cholesterol relative to baseline (P <0.05) than three uninfected controls at 28 wk postinoculation. These studies illustrate that the adiposity-promoting effect of Ad-36 occurs in two nonhuman primate species and demonstrates the usefulness of nonhuman primates for further evaluation of Ad-36-induced adiposity.

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    • "The detection of significantly higher BMI and leptin, lower adinopectin, and paradoxically insignificantly lower levels of serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the obese group with positive Ad-36 antibodies, as compared to the obese group with negative Ad-36, showed similarity with the animal model studies of Dhurandhar et al. [12] [13] [15] and with the human studies of Atkinson et al. [16] and Jiao et al. [10]. However, in line with the relationship between morbid obesity and Ad-36 level described by Almgren et al. [6], even less number, we detected BMI ! "
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    • "Studies involving animals confirmed a strong association between adenovirus 36 (AdV36) and increased predisposition to excessive accumulation of visceral fat[14] [19] [20] [21] [22]. However, although experimental infections in animals or model cell lines showed an adipogenic potential of some AdV types, there are only few controversial reports on the role of these viruses in the development of obesity in humans and the knowledge about engagement of other AdV types is still limited[14] [19] [20] [21] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28]. The study including 502 participants from the USA showed a significantly greater prevalence of AdV36 in obese people (30%) than in non-obese (11%). "
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    • "Species in which spontaneous or diet-induced obesity in a captive setting have been described include macaques (Kemnitz, 1984; Bodkin et al., 1993; Wagner et al., 2006), vervet monkeys (Kavanagh et al., 2007), baboons (Comuzzie et al., 2003), squirrel monkeys (Ausman et al., 1981) and marmosets (Tardif et al., 2009; Wachtman et al., 2011). Weight gain associated with infection of adult macaques and marmosets with human adenovirus AD36 has been reported (Dhurandhar et al., 2002). Sequelae to obesity are described in most of these cases that mirror those seen in humans, including insulin resistance, diabetes, dyslipidemia , lipid accumulation in the liver and atherosclerotic changes (Hansen and Bodkin, 1993; Wagner et al., 2006; Tardif et al., 2009; Wachtman et al., 2011). "
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