Neonatal nicotine exposure alters leptin signaling in the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis in the late postnatal period and adulthood in rats

Departamento de Ciências Fisiológicas, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Life sciences (Impact Factor: 2.7). 07/2010; 87(5-6):187-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.lfs.2010.06.012
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Postnatal nicotine exposure causes precocious primary hypothyroidism and programs for overweight, hyperleptinemia and secondary hypothyroidism in adulthood. As leptin and thyroid hormones share the ability to increase energy expenditure, we studied the effects of maternal nicotine exposure during lactation on the leptin signaling in the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis of suckling and adult offspring.
Two days after delivery, osmotic minipumps were implanted in lactating rats, and nicotine (NIC, 6 mg/kg/day s.c.) or saline (C) was administered for 14days. Offspring were killed at 15 and 180 days-old. Proteins belonging to leptin signaling were analyzed by Western blot. Significant differences had p<0.05.
In the hypothalamus, NIC offspring showed higher OB-R and pSTAT-3 content (+58%,+1.34x) at 15 days, and lower OB-R, JAK-2 and pSTAT-3 (-61%, -42%, -56%) at 180 days. In the pituitary gland, NIC offspring showed lower JAK-2 content (-52%) at 15 days, but no differences in adulthood. In the thyroid gland, the NIC group presented lower OB-R, JAK-2 and STAT-3 (-44%, -50%, -47%) and higher pSTAT-3 expression (+80%) at 15 days. At 180 days-old, NIC offspring presented higher thyroid OB-R (+1.54x) and lower pSTAT-3 content (-34%).
Neonatal primary hypothyroidism induced by maternal nicotine exposure during lactation may be partially explained by decreased leptin signaling in the thyroid, though the early stimulation of the central leptin pathway did not prevent the thyroid dysfunction. Long-term effects of postnatal nicotine exposure on leptin signaling in the hypothalamus and thyroid appear to involve central and peripheral leptin resistance in adulthood.

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    • "This could explain, in part, the higher intake of palatable diet by the S group in the food challenge. Previously, we have reported hyperleptinemia and hypothalamic leptin resistance, characterized by lower OBRb, JAK2 and pSTA3 with higher SOCS3 in the programming model of maternal exposure to nicotine (Oliveira et al., 2009; Santos-Silva et al., 2010) and in the model of programming by direct exposure to cigarette smoke, in which we only showed hyperleptinemia and hyperphagia (Santos-Silva et al., 2013) with a higher dose of nicotine than in the present study. Since we only observed lower OBRb content in the leptin signalling pathway in the ARC, without significant changes in NPY and POMC contents in the S group, we cannot tell for sure that these animals have leptin resistance. "
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