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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Regulation of adiponectin secretion by endothelin-1.

Adiponectin is an adipocyte-derived hormone best known for its insulin-sensitizing ability. The expression and circulating concentration of adiponectin are decreased in type 2 diabetics and increase following treatment with thiazolidinediones. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictor peptide whose levels are elevated in numerous disease states, including obesity and diabetes. ET-1 has profound effects on adipose tissue metabolism and alters the release of adipose-derived factors such as leptin and resistin, therefore we investigated the role of ET-1 in adiponectin secretion. 3T3-L1 adipocytes were treated with insulin (100 nM), ET-1 (100 nM), or the appropriate vehicle and adiponectin secretion into the media was determined by immunoblotting and densitometric analysis. Adiponectin secretion significantly increased 1h following insulin or ET-1 treatment, respectively. Pretreatment with ET-1 for 24h significantly inhibited the ability of insulin or ET-1 to acutely stimulate adiponectin secretion. The specific ET(A) receptor antagonist, BQ-610 (1 microM), significantly inhibited ET-1- stimulated adiponectin secretion. In summary, ET-1 acutely stimulates adiponectin secretion through the ET(A) receptor. Chronic exposure to ET-1 dramatically decreases the stimulatory effect of insulin and ET-1 on adiponectin secretion. Our findings suggest vascular factors such as ET-1 may play a role in the regulation of adiponectin secretion and whole body energy metabolism.[1]


  1. Regulation of adiponectin secretion by endothelin-1. Clarke, K.J., Zhong, Q., Schwartz, D.D., Coleman, E.S., Kemppainen, R.J., Judd, R.L. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (2003) [Pubmed]
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