, Volume 373, Issue 1-2, pp 229-239
Date: 08 Nov 2012

Vaspin gene in rat adipose tissue: relation to obesity-induced insulin resistance

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Visceral adipose fat has been claimed to be the link between obesity and insulin resistance through the released adipokines. This study aimed to assess the expression of vaspin as one of the recent adipokines in rats abdominal subcutaneous and visceral fat in diet-induced obese (DIO) and in DIO performing 3 weeks swimming exercise (DIO + EXE) compared to control and control + exercise (C + EXE) groups. Vaspin mRNA and protein expression assessed using RT-PCR and Western blotting analysis revealed vaspin expression in DIO and DIO + EXE but not in controls groups. In DIO group, visceral vaspin expression was higher than in that of subcutaneous fat and was positively correlated with body weight. Upregulation of visceral vaspin expression in DIO was concomitant with the development of insulin resistance (increase in fasting serum insulin and HOMA-IR) and rise in serum leptin level. Unchanged visceral vaspin mRNA in DIO + EXE rats, with significant improvements of insulin resistance parameters and serum leptin compared to DIO group was found. In conclusion, increased visceral vaspin expression in obesity was associated with insulin resistance. Further investigations into the molecular links between vaspin and obesity may unravel innovative therapeutic strategies in people affected by obesity-linked insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.