Decreased PPAR gamma expression compromises perigonadal-specific fat deposition and insulin sensitivity.

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Mutations and polymorphisms in PPARG have been linked to adiposity and partial lipodystrophy in humans. However, how disturbances in PPARG lead to depot-specific effects on adipose tissue, as shown by the characteristic aberrant fat distribution in patients, remains unclear. By manipulating the 3'-untranslated region of the Pparg gene, we have generated mice with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR gamma) gene expression ranging from 25% to 100% normal. Basal levels of PPAR gamma transcripts between 50% and approximately 100% had no significant effect on body weight, fat mass, and insulin sensitivity. In contrast, mice with 25% normal PPAR gamma expression exhibited reduced body weight and total fat mass, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia. Interestingly, fat mass was selectively reduced in perigonadal depot without significant changes in inguinal and other depots. Expression of adipogenic factor CCAAT enhancer binding protein-alpha and some other metabolic genes containing peroxisome proliferator response element were reduced in a perigonadal depot-specific fashion. This was further associated with depot-specific reduction in the expression of adipokines, increased expression of TNFalpha, and increased ectopic lipid deposition in muscles. Together, these results underscore the differential sensitivity of the individual fat depots on PPAR gamma availability as an underlying mechanism of partial lipodystrophy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tsai, Y-S; Tsai, P-J; Jiang, M-J; Chou, T-Y; Pendse, A; Kim, H-S; Maeda, N

Published Date

  • November 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1787 - 1798

PubMed ID

  • 19749155

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2775941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-9917

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1210/me.2009-0073


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States