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

Effect of des-acyl ghrelin on adiposity and glucose metabolism.

Ghrelin, a gastric peptide hormone, has been reported to regulate GH secretion and energy homeostasis. Here, we examined the effect of des-acyl ghrelin driven from the fatty acid-binding protein-4 (FABP4) promoter on adiposity and glucose metabolism. A high level of expression of des-acyl ghrelin (692 +/- 293 fmol/g fat) in adipose tissue was detected in FABP4-ghrelin transgenic mice, but not in wild-type littermates. Circulating des-acyl ghrelin was significantly higher in FABP4-ghrelin transgenic mice (8409 +/- 3390 pm) compared with wild-type mice (513 +/- 58 pm). No significant change was observed for plasma acylated ghrelin and obestatin. Epididymal and perirenal fat masses decreased 35 +/- 9 and 52 +/- 9%, respectively, in FABP4-ghrelin transgenic mice. FABP4-ghrelin transgenic mice are resistant to obesity induced by high-fat diet. Brown fat mass was not affected by overexpression of ghrelin in adipose tissue. Glucose tolerance tests showed glucose levels to be significantly lower in FABP4-ghrelin transgenic mice than in controls after glucose administration. Insulin sensitivity testing showed that FABP4-ghrelin transgenic mice had a 28 +/- 5% greater hypoglycemic response to insulin. Our study demonstrates that overexpression of ghrelin from the FABP4 promoter impairs the development of white adipose tissues, and alters glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in mice.[1]


  1. Effect of des-acyl ghrelin on adiposity and glucose metabolism. Zhang, W., Chai, B., Li, J.Y., Wang, H., Mulholland, M.W. Endocrinology (2008) [Pubmed]
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