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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) is a nuclear receptor expressed in tissues with high oxidative activity that plays a central role in metabolism. In this work, we investigated the effect of hepatocyte PPARα on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
We constructed a novel hepatocyte-specific PPARα knockout (Pparα(hep-/-)) mouse model. Using this novel model, we performed transcriptomic analysis following fenofibrate treatment. Next, we investigated which physiological challenges impact on PPARα. Moreover, we measured the contribution of hepatocytic PPARα activity to whole-body metabolism and fibroblast growth factor 21 production during fasting. Finally, we determined the influence of hepatocyte-specific PPARα deficiency in different models of steatosis and during ageing.
Hepatocyte PPARα deletion impaired fatty acid catabolism, resulting in hepatic lipid accumulation during fasting and in two preclinical models of steatosis. Fasting mice showed acute PPARα-dependent hepatocyte activity during early night, with correspondingly increased circulating free fatty acids, which could be further stimulated by adipocyte lipolysis. Fasting led to mild hypoglycaemia and hypothermia in Pparα(hep-/-) mice when compared with Pparα(-/-) mice implying a role of PPARα activity in non-hepatic tissues. In agreement with this observation, Pparα(-/-) mice became overweight during ageing while Pparα(hep-/-) remained lean. However, like Pparα(-/-) mice, Pparα(hep-/-) fed a standard diet developed hepatic steatosis in ageing.
Altogether, these findings underscore the potential of hepatocyte PPARα as a drug target for NAFLD.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Obesity-induced insulin resistance is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. Basal fat cell lipolysis (i.e., fat cell triglyceride breakdown into fatty acids and glycerol in the absence of stimulatory factors) is elevated during obesity and is closely associated with insulin resistance. Inhibition of adipocyte lipolysis may therefore be a promising therapeutic strategy for treating insulin resistance and preventing obesity-associated type 2 diabetes. In this review, we explore the relationship between adipose lipolysis and insulin sensitivity. After providing an overview of the components of fat cell lipolytic machinery, we describe the hypotheses that may support the causality between lipolysis and insulin resistance. Excessive circulating fatty acids may ectopically accumulate in insulin-sensitive tissues and impair insulin action. Increased basal lipolysis may also modify the secretory profile of adipose tissue, influencing whole body insulin sensitivity. Finally, excessive fatty acid release may also worsen adipose tissue inflammation, a well-known parameter contributing to insulin resistance. Partial genetic or pharmacologic inhibition of fat cell lipases in mice as well as short term clinical trials using antilipolytic drugs in humans support the benefit of fat cell lipolysis inhibition on systemic insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, which occurs without an increase of fat mass. Modulation of fatty acid fluxes and, putatively, of fat cell secretory pattern may explain the amelioration of insulin sensitivity whereas changes in adipose tissue immune response do not seem involved.
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Catecholamines and natriuretic peptides (NPs) are the only hormones with pronounced lipolytic effects in human white adipose tissue. Although catecholamine-induced lipolysis is well-known to be impaired in obesity and insulin resistance, it is not known whether the effect of NPs is also altered.
Catecholamine- and atrial NP (ANP)-induced lipolysis was investigated in abdominal subcutaneous adipocytes in vitro and in situ by microdialysis.
In a cohort of 122 women, both catecholamine and ANP-induced lipolysis in vitro were markedly attenuated in obesity (n=87), but normalized after substantial body weight loss (n=52). The impairment of lipolysis differed between the two hormones when expressing lipolysis per lipid weight, the ratio of stimulated over basal (spontaneous) lipolysis rate or per number of adipocytes. Thus, while the response to catecholamines was lower when expressed as the former two measures, it was higher when expressed per cell number, a consequence of the significantly larger fat cell size in obesity. In contrast, although ANP-induced lipolysis was also attenuated when expressed per lipid weight or the ratio stimulated/basal, it was similar between non-obese and obese subjects when expressed per cell number suggesting that the lipolytic effect of ANP may be even more sensitive to the effects of obesity than catecholamines. Obesity was characterized by a decrease in the protein expression of the signaling NP A receptor (NPRA) and a trend towards increased levels of the clearance receptor NPRC. The impairment in ANP-induced lipolysis observed in vitro, was corroborated by microdialysis experiments in situ in a smaller cohort of lean and overweight men.
ANP- and catecholamine-induced lipolysis are reversibly attenuated in obesity. The pro-lipolytic effects of ANP are relatively more impaired compared to that of catecholamines which may in part be due to specific changes in NP receptor expression. (Words 293/Max 300)International Journal of Obesity accepted article preview online, 26 October 2015. doi:10.1038/ijo.2015.222.
No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · International journal of obesity (2005)
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Recent reports indicate that inter/intramuscular adipose tissue (IMAT), composed by adipocytes underneath the deep fascia of muscles, is positively correlated with aging, obesity and insulin resistance in humans. However no molecular/cellular evidence is available to support these interactions. The current study aimed to better characterize human skeletal muscle-derived adipogenic progenitors obtained from obese volunteers and investigate the impact of derived adipocytes on insulin action in primary skeletal muscle cells.
Primary cultured stroma-vascular fraction (SVF) obtained from vastus lateralis muscle biopsies of middle-aged obese subjects was immuno-separated (magnetic beads or flow cytometry). The characteristics and/or metabolic phenotype of CD56(+), CD56(-) and CD56(-)CD15(+) cellular fractions were investigated by complementary approaches (flow cytometry, cytology, qPCR and metabolic assays). The effects of conditioned media from CD56(-)CD15(+) cells, differentiated into adipocytes, on insulin action and signaling in human primary myotubes was also examined.
Our data indicate that CD56(+) and CD56(-) cellular fractions isolated from cultured SVF of human muscle contain two distinct committed progenitors, CD56(+) cells (i.e., satellite cells) as myogenic progenitors and CD15(+) cells as adipogenic progenitors, respectively. CD56(-)CD15(+)-derived adipocytes display the phenotype and metabolic properties of white adipocytes. Secretions of CD56(-)CD15(+) cells differentiated into functional white adipocytes reduced insulin-mediated non oxidative glucose disposal (P=0.0002) and insulin signaling.
Using in vitro models, we show for the first time that secretions of skeletal muscle adipocytes are able to impair insulin action and signaling of muscle fibers. This paracrine effect could explain, at least in part, the negative association between high levels of IMAT and insulin sensitivity in obesity and aging.International Journal of Obesity accepted article preview online, 23 September 2015. doi:10.1038/ijo.2015.193.
No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · International journal of obesity (2005)
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Activation of macrophages by fatty acids (FAs) is a potential mechanism linking obesity to adipose tissue (AT) inflammation and insulin resistance. Here, we investigated the effects of FAs released during adipocyte lipolysis on AT macrophages (ATMs).
Human THP-1 macrophages were treated with media from human multipotent adipose-derived stem (hMADS) adipocytes stimulated with lipolytic drugs. Macrophages were also treated with mixtures of FAs and an inhibitor of Toll-like receptor 4, since this receptor is activated by saturated FAs. Levels of mRNA and the secretion of inflammation-related molecules were measured in macrophages. FA composition was determined in adipocytes, conditioned media and macrophages. The effect of chronic inhibition or acute activation of fat cell lipolysis on ATM response was investigated in vivo in mice.
Whereas palmitic acid alone activates THP-1, conditioned media from hMADS adipocyte lipolysis had no effect on IL, chemokine and cytokine gene expression, and secretion by macrophages. Mixtures of FAs representing de novo lipogenesis or habitual dietary conditions also had no effect. FAs derived from adipocyte lipolysis were taken up by macrophages and stored as triacylglycerol droplets. In vivo, chronic treatment with an antilipolytic drug did not modify gene expression and number of ATMs in mice with intact or defective Tlr4. Stimulation of adipocyte lipolysis increased storage of neutral lipids by macrophages without change in number and phenotype.
Our data suggest that adipocyte lipolysis does not activate inflammatory pathways in ATMs, which instead may act as scavengers of FAs.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Dysregulated expression of metabolic and inflammatory genes is a prominent consequence of obesity causing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Finding causative factors is essential to understanding progression of these pathologies and discovering new therapeutic targets. The transcription factor V-maf musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene homologue B (MAFB) is highly expressed in human white adipose tissue (WAT). However, its role in the regulation of WAT function is elusive. We aimed to characterise MAFB expression and function in human WAT in the context of obesity and insulin resistance.
MAFB mRNA expression was evaluated in human WAT from seven cohorts with large inter-individual variation in BMI and metabolic features. Insulin-induced adipocyte lipogenesis and lipolysis were measured and correlated with MAFB expression. MAFB regulation during adipogenesis and the effects of MAFB suppression in human adipocytes was investigated. MAFB regulation by TNF-α was examined in human primary adipocytes and THP-1 monocytes/macrophages.
MAFB expression in human adipocytes is upregulated during adipogenesis, increases with BMI in WAT, correlates with adverse metabolic features and is decreased after weight loss. MAFB downregulation decreases proinflammatory gene expression in adipocytes and interferes with TNF-α effects. Interestingly, MAFB is differentially regulated by TNF-α in adipocytes (suppressed) and THP-1 cells (upregulated). Further, MAFB is primarily expressed in WAT macrophages/monocytes and its expression correlates with macrophage and inflammatory markers.
Our findings indicate that MAFB is a regulator and a marker of adipose tissue inflammation, a process that subsequently causes insulin resistance.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Accumulation of visceral adipose tissue correlates with elevated inflammation and increased risk of metabolic diseases. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms that control its pathological expansion. Transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) has been implicated in polarizing macrophages towards an inflammatory phenotype. Here we demonstrate that mice lacking Irf5, when placed on a high-fat diet, show no difference in the growth of their epididymal white adipose tissue (epiWAT) but they show expansion of their subcutaneous white adipose tissue, as compared to wild-type (WT) mice on the same diet. EpiWAT from Irf5-deficient mice is marked by accumulation of alternatively activated macrophages, higher collagen deposition that restricts adipocyte size, and enhanced insulin sensitivity compared to epiWAT from WT mice. In obese individuals, IRF5 expression is negatively associated with insulin sensitivity and collagen deposition in visceral adipose tissue. Genome-wide analysis of gene expression in adipose tissue macrophages highlights the transforming growth factor β1 (TGFB1) gene itself as a direct target of IRF5-mediated inhibition. This study uncovers a new function for IRF5 in controlling the relative mass of different adipose tissue depots and thus insulin sensitivity in obesity, and it suggests that inhibition of IRF5 may promote a healthy metabolic state during this condition.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nutrigenomics investigates relationships between nutrients and all genome-encoded molecular entities. This holistic approach requires systems biology to scrutinize the effects of diet on tissue biology. To decipher the adipose tissue (AT) response to diet induced weight changes we focused on key molecular (lipids and transcripts) AT species during a longitudinal dietary intervention. To obtain a systems model, a network approach was used to combine all sets of variables (bio-clinical, fatty acids and mRNA levels) and get an overview of their interactions. AT fatty acids and mRNA levels were quantified in 135 obese women at baseline, after an 8-week low calorie diet (LCD) and after 6 months of ad libitum weight maintenance diet (WMD). After LCD, individuals were stratified a posteriori according to weight change during WMD. A 3 steps approach was used to infer a global model involving the 3 sets of variables. It consisted in inferring intra-omic networks with sparse partial correlations and inter-omic networks with regularized canonical correlation analysis and finally combining the obtained omic-specific network in a single global model. The resulting networks were analyzed using node clustering, systematic important node extraction and cluster comparisons. Overall, AT showed both constant and phase-specific biological signatures in response to dietary intervention. AT from women regaining weight displayed growth factors, angiogenesis and proliferation signaling signatures, suggesting unfavorable tissue hyperplasia. By contrast, after LCD a strong positive relationship between AT myristoleic acid (a fatty acid with low AT level) content and de novo lipogenesis mRNAs was found. This relationship was also observed, after WMD, in the group of women that continued to lose weight. This original system biology approach provides novel insight in the AT response to weight control by highlighting the central role of myristoleic acid that may account for the beneficial effects of weight loss.
Preview · Article · Jan 2015 · PLoS Computational Biology
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Brite adipocytes are inducible energy-dissipating cells expressing UCP1 which appear within white adipose tissue of healthy adult individuals. Recruitment of these cells represents a potential strategy to fight obesity and associated diseases.
Using human Multipotent Adipose-Derived Stem cells, able to convert into brite adipocytes, we show that arachidonic acid strongly inhibits brite adipocyte formation via a cyclooxygenase pathway leading to secretion of PGE2 and PGF2α. Both prostaglandins induce an oscillatory Ca++ signaling coupled to ERK pathway and trigger a decrease in UCP1 expression and in oxygen consumption without altering mitochondriogenesis. In mice fed a standard diet supplemented with ω6 arachidonic acid, PGF2α and PGE2 amounts are increased in subcutaneous white adipose tissue and associated with a decrease in the recruitment of brite adipocytes.
Our results suggest that dietary excess of ω6 polyunsaturated fatty acids present in Western diets, may also favor obesity by preventing the “browning” process to take place.
Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · Molecular Metabolism
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectiveα-Lipoic acid (α-LA) is a natural occurring antioxidant with beneficial effects on obesity. The aim of this study was to investigate the putative effects of α-LA on triglyceride accumulation and lipogenesis in subcutaneous adipocytes from overweight/obese subjects and to determine the potential mechanisms involved.Design and Methods
Fully differentiated human subcutaneous adipocytes were treated with α-LA (100 and 250 µM) during 24 h for studying triglyceride content, de novo lipogenesis, and levels of key lipogenic enzymes. The involvement of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation was also evaluated.Resultsα-LA down-regulated triglyceride content by inhibiting fatty acid esterification and de novo lipogenesis. These effects were mediated by reduction in fatty acid synthase (FAS), stearoyl-coenzyme A desaturase 1, and diacylglycerol O-acyltransferase 1 protein levels. Interestingly, α-LA increased AMPK and acetyl CoA carboxylase phosphorylation, while the presence of the AMPK inhibitor Compound C reversed the inhibition observed on FAS protein levels.Conclusionsα-LA down-regulates key lipogenic enzymes, inhibiting lipogenesis and reducing triglyceride accumulation through the activation of AMPK signaling pathway in human subcutaneous adipocytes from overweight/obese subjects.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The breakdown of cellular fat stores fuels energy production and multiple anabolic processes. Albert et al. (2014) demonstrate that the lack of hormone-sensitive lipase, a member of the enzyme trio that catabolizes fat, has pronounced effects on lipid metabolism, glucose homeostasis, and cell signaling in humans.