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Cross-fostering reduces obesity induced by early exposure to monosodium glutamate in male rats

  • Rosiane Aparecida MirandaEmail author
  • Claudinéia Conationi da Silva Franco
  • Júlio Cezar de Oliveira
  • Luiz Felipe Barella
  • Laize Peron Tófolo
  • Tatiane Aparecida Ribeiro
  • Audrei Pavanello
  • Ellen Paula Santos da Conceição
  • Rosana Torrezan
  • James Armitage
  • Patrícia Cristina Lisboa
  • Egberto Gaspar de Moura
  • Paulo Cezar de Freitas Mathias
  • Elaine Vieira
Original Article


Maternal obesity programmes a range of metabolic disturbances for the offspring later in life. Moreover, environmental changes during the suckling period can influence offspring development. Because both periods significantly affect long-term metabolism, we aimed to study whether cross-fostering during the lactation period was sufficient to rescue a programmed obese phenotype in offspring induced by maternal obesity following monosodium l-glutamate (MSG) treatment. Obesity was induced in female Wistar rats by administering subcutaneous MSG (4 mg/g body weight) for the first 5 days of postnatal life. Control and obese female rats were mated in adulthood. The resultant pups were divided into control second generation (F2) (CTLF2), MSG-treated second generation (F2) (MSGF2), which suckled from their CTL and MSG biological dams, respectively, or CTLF2-CR, control offspring suckled by MSG dams and MSGF2-CR, MSG offspring suckled by CTL dams. At 120 days of age, fat tissue accumulation, lipid profile, hypothalamic leptin signalling, glucose tolerance, glucose-induced, and adrenergic inhibition of insulin secretion in isolated pancreatic islets were analysed. Maternal MSG-induced obesity led to an obese phenotype in male offspring, characterized by hyperinsulinaemia, hyperglycaemia, hyperleptinaemia, dyslipidaemia, and impaired leptin signalling, suggesting central leptin resistance, glucose intolerance, impaired glucose-stimulated, and adrenergic inhibition of insulin secretion. Cross-fostering normalized body weight, food intake, leptin signalling, lipid profiles, and insulinaemia, but not glucose homeostasis or insulin secretion from isolated pancreatic islets. Our findings suggest that alterations during the lactation period can mitigate the development of obesity and prevent the programming of adult diseases.


Cross-fostering Monosodium glutamate Obesity 



This work was supported by the Brazilian Federal Foundation, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES).

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosiane Aparecida Miranda
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Claudinéia Conationi da Silva Franco
    • 1
  • Júlio Cezar de Oliveira
    • 3
  • Luiz Felipe Barella
    • 4
  • Laize Peron Tófolo
    • 1
  • Tatiane Aparecida Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Audrei Pavanello
    • 1
  • Ellen Paula Santos da Conceição
    • 5
  • Rosana Torrezan
    • 6
  • James Armitage
    • 7
  • Patrícia Cristina Lisboa
    • 5
  • Egberto Gaspar de Moura
    • 5
  • Paulo Cezar de Freitas Mathias
    • 1
  • Elaine Vieira
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Cell Biology and GeneticsState University of Maringá/UEMMaringáBrazil
  2. 2.Carlos Chagas Filho Biophysics InstituteFederal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Health Sciences InstituteFederal University of Mato GrossoSinopBrazil
  4. 4.Molecular Signaling Section, Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney DiseasesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  5. 5.Department of Physiological Sciences Roberto Alcântara Gomes Biology InstituteState University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  6. 6.Department of Physiological SciencesState University of MaringáMaringáBrazil
  7. 7.School of Medicine (Optometr)Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

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