ABSTRACT: Brown adipose tissue is specialized to burn lipids for thermogenesis and energy expenditure. Secondgeneration antipsychotics (SGA) are the most commonly used drugs for schizophrenia with several advantages over first-line drugs, however, it can cause clinically-significant weight gain. To reveal the involvement of brown adipocytes in SGA-induced weight gain, we compared the effect of clozapine, quetiapine, and ziprasidone, SGA with different propensities to induce weight gain, on the differentiation and the expression of brown fat-specific markers, lipogenic genes and adipokines in a mouse brown preadipocyte cell line. On Oil Red-O staining, the differentiation was inhibited almost completely by clozapine (40 μM) and partially by quetiapine (30 μM). Clozapine significantly down-regulated the brown adipogenesis markers PRDM16, C/EBPβ, PPARγ2, UCP-1, PGC-1α, and Cidea in dose- and time-dependent manners, whereas quetiapine suppressed PRDM16, PPARγ 2, and UCP-1 much weakly than clozapine. Clozapine also significantly inhibited the mRNA expressions of lipogenic genes ACC, SCD1, GLUT4, aP2, and CD36 as well as adipokines such as resistin, leptin, and adiponectin. In contrast, quetiapine suppressed only resistin and leptin but not those of lipogenic genes and adiponectin. Ziprasidone (10 μM) did not alter the differentiation as well as the gene expression patterns. Our results suggest for the first time that the inhibition of brown adipogenesis may be a possible mechanism to explain weight gain induced by clozapine and quetiapine.
Experimental and Molecular Medicine 07/2012; 44(9):545-53. · 2.48 Impact Factor