High fat diet induced hepatic insulin resistance is not related to changes in hypothalamic mRNA expression of NPY, AgRP, POMC and CART in mice

A. C. Heijboer*, P. J. Voshol, E. Donga, C. G. Van Eden, L. M. Havekes, J. A. Romijn, H. Pijl, E. P.M. Corssmit

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The hypothalamic circuitry, apart from its impact on food intake, modulates insulin sensitivity to adapt metabolic conditions in the face of environmental fluctuations in nutrient availability. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of 2 weeks high fat feeding in wildtype mice on (1) insulin sensitivity and triglyceride accumulation in liver and muscle in relation to (2) mRNA expression levels of Neuropeptide Y (NPY), Agouti-related protein (AgRP), pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC), and cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) in the hypothalamus. Two weeks of high fat feeding induced hepatic insulin resistance in the presence of increased hepatic triglyceride accumulation. In muscle, however, 2 weeks of high fat feeding did not result in changes in insulin sensitivity or in triglyceride content. mRNA expression levels of NPY, AgRP, POMC, and CART in the hypothalamus were not different between the groups. This study shows that 2 weeks of high fat feeding in mice does not affect mRNA expression levels of NPY, AgRP, POMC or CART, in the whole hypothalamus, despite induction of hepatic, but not peripheral, insulin resistance. Therefore, a major physiological role of these neuroendocrine factors in the induction of hepatic insulin resistance during a high fat diet seems less likely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2554-2558
Number of pages5
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

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