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Macrophage-derived human resistin exacerbates adipose tissue inflammation and insulin resistance in mice.

Resistin is an adipokine that contributes to insulin resistance in mice. In humans, however, studies investigating the link between resistin and metabolic disease are conflicting. Further complicating the matter, human resistin is produced mainly by macrophages rather than adipocytes. To address this important issue, we generated mice that lack adipocyte-derived mouse resistin but produce human resistin in a pattern similar to that found in humans, i.e., in macrophages (humanized resistin mice). When placed on a high-fat diet, the humanized resistin mice rapidly developed accelerated white adipose tissue (WAT) inflammation, leading to increased lipolysis and increased serum free fatty acids. Over time, these mice accumulated lipids, including diacylglycerols, in muscle. We found that this resulted in increased Pkcq pathway activity, leading to increased serine phosphorylation of Irs-1 and insulin resistance. Thus, although the site of resistin production differs between species, human resistin exacerbates WAT inflammation and contributes to insulin resistance.

Pubmed ID: 19188682

Authors

  • Qatanani M
  • Szwergold NR
  • Greaves DR
  • Ahima RS
  • Lazar MA

Journal

The Journal of clinical investigation

Publication Data

March 30, 2009

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: P01 DK49210
  • Agency: British Heart Foundation, Id:

Mesh Terms

  • Adipose Tissue, White
  • Animal Structures
  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD
  • Antigens, Differentiation, Myelomonocytic
  • Blood Glucose
  • Cell Movement
  • Cytokines
  • Dietary Fats
  • Gene Expression
  • Glucose Clamp Technique
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Insulin
  • Insulin Receptor Substrate Proteins
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Isoenzymes
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Lipids
  • Lipolysis
  • Lipoprotein Lipase
  • Macrophages
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Protein Kinase C
  • Resistin
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Signal Transduction