Improved Insulin Sensitivity and Resistance to Weight Gain in Mice Null for the Ahsg Gene

Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Diabetes (Impact Factor: 8.1). 08/2002; 51(8):2450-8. DOI: 10.2337/diabetes.51.8.2450
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Fetuin inhibits insulin-induced insulin receptor (IR) autophosphorylation and tyrosine kinase activity in vitro, in intact cells, and in vivo. The fetuin gene (AHSG) is located on human chromosome 3q27, recently identified as a susceptibility locus for type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Here, we explore insulin signaling, glucose homeostasis, and the effect of a high-fat diet on weight gain, body fat composition, and glucose disposal in mice carrying two null alleles for the gene encoding fetuin, Ahsg (B6, 129-Ahsg(tm1Mbl)). Fetuin knockout (KO) mice demonstrate increased basal and insulin-stimulated phosphorylation of IR and the downstream signaling molecules mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and Akt in liver and skeletal muscle. Glucose and insulin tolerance tests in fetuin KO mice indicate significantly enhanced glucose clearance and insulin sensitivity. Fetuin KO mice subjected to euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp show augmented sensitivity to insulin, evidenced by increased glucose infusion rate (P = 0.077) and significantly increased skeletal muscle glycogen content (P < 0.05). When fed a high-fat diet, fetuin KO mice are resistant to weight gain, demonstrate significantly decreased body fat, and remain insulin sensitive. These data suggest that fetuin may play a significant role in regulating postprandial glucose disposal, insulin sensitivity, weight gain, and fat accumulation and may be a novel therapeutic target in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other insulin-resistant conditions.

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    • "Fetuin-A per se is an endogenous inhibitor of the insulin receptor tyrosine kinase in the liver and skeletal muscle [2], and is crucial in lipid-induced insulin resistance [3]. In animals, fetuin-A knockout mice showed improved insulin signaling, less adiposity, and lower free fatty acid, and were resistant to weight gain upon a high-fat diet compared with wild-type controls [4]. In human studies, fetuin-A is associated with various metabolic dysregulations. "
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    • "Fetuin-A has been found to inhibit insulin receptor tyrosine kinase activity (TKA) in mice (Mathews et al., 2002) and humans (Srinivas et al., 1996). TKA plays an essential role in insulin signaling and may help to explain why fetuin-A knockout mice show enhanced glucose sensitivity and clearance, resistance to weight gain (on a high fat diet), decreased serum free-fatty acid levels and decreased body fat compared to controlled mice (on the same high fat diet) (Mathews et al., 2002). Due to this finding, it has been suggested that fetuin-A might be a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of T2DM, obesity and other insulin-resistant conditions. "
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    • "Állatkísérletekben észlelték, hogy az elhízás hatására fokozódik a fetuin-A expressziója [17], és hiányában a testsúlygyarapodás mérséklődik [18]. Humán vizsgálatokban azt tapasztalták, hogy a magasabb fetuin-A-értékhez gyakrabban társult visceralis obesitas [19], illetve a szintje a BMI-vel korrelált [20] "
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