12-Lipoxygenase-knockout mice are resistant to inflammatory effects of obesity induced by Western diet.

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
AJP Endocrinology and Metabolism (Impact Factor: 4.09). 10/2008; 295(5):E1065-75. DOI: 10.1152/ajpendo.90371.2008
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ABSTRACT Inflammation is a key pathological process in the progression of atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes. 12/15-lipoxygenase (12-LO), an enzyme involved in fatty acid metabolism, may contribute to inflammatory damage triggered by stressors such as obesity and insulin resistance. We hypothesized that mice lacking 12-LO are protected against inflammatory-mediated damage associated with a "western" diet. To test this hypothesis, age-matched male 12-LO knockout (12-LOKO) and wild-type C57BL/6 (B6) mice were fed either a standard chow or western diet and assessed for several inflammatory markers. Western-fed B6 mice showed expected reductions in glucose and insulin tolerance compared with chow-fed mice. In contrast, western-fed 12-LOKO mice maintained glucose and insulin tolerance similar to chow-fed mice. Circulating proinflammatory cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6, were increased in western B6 mice but not 12-LOKO mice, whereas the reported protective adipokine, adiponectin, was decreased only in western B6 mice. 12-LO activity was significantly elevated by western diet in islets from B6 mice. Islets from 12-LOKO mice did not show western-diet-induced islet hyperplasia or increases in caspase-3 apoptotic staining observed in western-fed B6 mice. Islets from 12-LOKO mice were also protected from reduced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion observed in islets from western-fed B6 mice. In visceral fat, macrophage numbers and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 expression were elevated in western B6 mice but not 12-LOKO mice. These data suggest that 12-LO activation plays a role in western-diet-induced damage in visceral fat and islets. Inhibiting 12-LO may provide a new therapeutic approach to prevent inflammation-mediated metabolic consequences of excess fat intake.

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