Metabolic Brain Disease

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 735–742 | Cite as

Effects of obesity on protein kinase C, brain creatine kinase, transcription, and autophagy in cochlea

  • Juen-Haur HwangEmail author
Original Article


Diet-induced obesity (DIO) has been shown to exacerbate hearing degeneration via increased hypoxia, inflammatory responses, and cell loss via both caspase-dependent and caspase-independent apoptosis signaling pathways. This study aimed to investigate the effects of DIO on the mRNA expressions of protein kinase c-β (PKC-β), brain creatine kinase (CKB), transcription modification genes, and autophagy-related genes in the cochlea of CD/1 mice. Sixteen 4-week-old male CD/1 mice were randomly divided into 2 groups. For 16 weeks, the DIO group was fed a high fat diet (60% kcal fat) and the controls were fed a standard diet. Morphometry, biochemistry, auditory brainstem response thresholds, omental fat, and histopathology of the cochlea were compared. Results showed that body weight, body length, body-mass index, omental fat, plasma triglyceride, and auditory brainstem response thresholds were significantly elevated in the DIO group compared with those of the control group. The ratio of vessel wall thickness to radius in the stria vascularis was significantly higher in the DIO group. The cell densities in the spiral ganglion, but not in the spiral prominence, of the cochlea were significantly lower in the DIO group. The expression of histone deacetylation gene 1 (HDAC1) was significantly higher in the DIO group than the control group. However, the expressions of PKC-β, CKB, HDAC3, histone acetyltransferase gene (P300), lysosome-associated membrane protein 2 (Lamp2), and light chain 3 (Lc3) genes were not significantly different between two groups. These results suggest that DIO might exacerbate hearing degeneration possibly via increased HDAC1 gene expression in the cochlea of CD/1 mice.


Obesity Protein kinase C Brain creatine kinase Transcription Autophagy Cochlea 


Compliance with ethical standards


This project was supported by grant DTCRD-99-I-07 and DTCRD-99-2-E-01.


The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology, Dalin Tzu Chi HospitalBuddhist Tzu Chi Medical FoundationChiayiTaiwan
  2. 2.School of MedicineTzu Chi UniversityHualienTaiwan

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