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    ABSTRACT: Lipogenesis is expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), and such in situ lipogenesis could be providing the fatty acids for triglyceride synthesis and cholesterol esterification, and contributing to lipid accumulation in the arterial wall. This study investigated both the expression and regulation of lipogenesis in VSMCs to determine if they are modified in Psammomys obesus gerbils fed a high-fat diet as a model of insulin resistance and diabetes. Aortas were collected from diabetic and non-diabetic P. obesus for histological examination, measurement of lipogenic gene expression and VSMC culture. The aortas of diabetic animals exhibited lipid deposits and foam cells as well as disorganization of elastic fibres. However, lipogenic gene expression was not modified. VSMCs in vitro from the aortas of diabetic animals had, compared with cells from non-diabetic animals, lower mRNA levels of SREBP-1c and ChREBP. An adipogenic medium stimulated moderate FAS and ACC1 expression in cells from both diabetic and non-diabetic animals, but glucose and insulin on their own had no such stimulatory action. Also, triiodothyronine (T3) had a clear stimulatory action, while angiotensin II had a moderate effect, in cells from non-diabetic P. obesus, but not from diabetic animals, whereas LXR agonists stimulated lipogenesis in cells from both animal groups. Lipogenesis is expressed in the arterial walls and VSMCs of P. obesus. However, its expression was not increased in diabetes, and did not respond to either T3 or angiotensin II. Therefore, lipogenesis in situ is unlikely to contribute to the accumulation of lipids in the arterial walls of diabetic P. obesus gerbils.
    Diabetes & Metabolism 03/2010; 36(3):221-8. DOI:10.1016/j.diabet.2010.01.003 · 2.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Accumulation of cholesterol in foam cells of atheroma plaques depends on the balance between uptake and efflux of cholesterol. It may also depend on proteins surrounding lipid droplets, adipophilin, and perilipins. They favor triglyceride storage in adipocytes and could play a similar role for cholesterol in atheroma. We measured in human atheroma and nearby macroscopically intact tissue (MIT) the expression of perilipin, adipophilin, and regulatory factors of cholesterol metabolism. We identified perilipin A in human arterial wall. Its expression was largely increased in atheroma compared with MIT, and perilipin was present in macrophages and vascular smooth muscle cells. Adipophilin, ACAT1, and CD36 were also overexpressed in atheroma. mRNA levels of low-density lipoprotein receptor, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, and SREBP-2 were unchanged. With respect to efflux of cholesterol, the mRNA levels of NCEH and ABCA-1 were unchanged, whereas CLA-1 mRNA was slightly higher in atheroma. Importantly, immunoblotting of ABCA-1 showed a dramatic decrease of ABCA1 protein, the key molecule of cholesterol efflux, in atheroma compared with MIT. We show the presence and induction of perilipin in atheroma. This overexpression and the coordinated modifications of expression of key regulatory factors for cholesterol metabolism could favor cholesterol accumulation.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 09/2005; 25(8):1711-7. DOI:10.1161/01.ATV.0000174123.19103.52 · 6.34 Impact Factor