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Autores: Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: NUTRIENTS
ISSN 2072-6643  Vol. 11  Nº 9  2019  págs. 2129
Leptin, the product of the ob gene, was originally described as a satiety factor, playing a crucial role in the control of body weight. Nevertheless, the wide distribution of leptin receptors in peripheral tissues supports that leptin exerts pleiotropic biological effects, consisting of the modulation of numerous processes including thermogenesis, reproduction, angiogenesis, hematopoiesis, osteogenesis, neuroendocrine, and immune functions as well as arterial pressure control. Nitric oxide (NO) is a free radical synthesized from L-arginine by the action of the NO synthase (NOS) enzyme. Three NOS isoforms have been identified: the neuronal NOS (nNOS) and endothelial NOS (eNOS) constitutive isoforms, and the inducible NOS (iNOS). NO mediates multiple biological effects in a variety of physiological systems such as energy balance, blood pressure, reproduction, immune response, or reproduction. Leptin and NO on their own participate in multiple common physiological processes, with a functional relationship between both factors having been identified. The present review describes the functional relationship between leptin and NO in different physiological processes.
Autores: Ezquerro, S.; Mocha, F.; Frühbeck, Gema; et al.
Revista: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM
ISSN 0021-972X  Vol. 104  Nº 1  2019  págs. 21 - 37
CONTEXT: Human obesity is associated with increased circulating TNF-¿, a proinflammatory cytokine that induces hepatocyte cell death. OBJECTIVE: The potential beneficial effects of acylated and desacyl ghrelin in the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in obesity via the inhibition of TNF-¿-induced hepatocyte apoptosis, autophagic cell death, and pyroptosis were investigated. DESIGN, SETTINGS, AND PARTICIPANTS: Plasma ghrelin isoforms and TNF-¿ were measured in 158 participants, and hepatocyte cell death was evaluated in liver biopsies from 76 patients with morbid obesity undergoing bariatric surgery with available liver echography and pathology analysis. The effect of acylated and desacyl ghrelin on basal and TNF-¿-induced cell death was determined in vitro in human HepG2 hepatocytes. RESULTS: Circulating TNF-¿ and the acylated/desacyl ghrelin ratio were increased, whereas desacyl ghrelin levels were decreased in patients with obesity and NAFLD. Six months after bariatric surgery, decreased acylated/desacyl ghrelin levels, and improved hepatic function were found. Patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes showed increased hepatic ghrelin O-acyltransferase transcripts as well as an increased hepatic apoptosis, pyroptosis, and compromised autophagy. In HepG2 hepatocytes, acylated and desacyl ghrelin treatment reduced TNF-¿-induced apoptosis, evidenced by lower caspase-8 and caspase-3 cleavage, as well as TUNEL-positive cells and pyroptosis, revealed by decreased caspase-1 activation and lower high-mobility group box 1 expression. Moreover, acylated ghrelin suppressed TNF-¿-activated hepatocyte autophagy, as evidenced by a decreased LC3B-II/I ratio and increased p62 accumulation via AMPK/mTOR. CONCLUSIONS: Ghrelin constitutes a protective factor against hepatocyte cell death. The increased acylated/desacyl ghrelin ratio in patients with obesity and NAFLD might constitute a compensatory mechanism to overcome TNF-¿-induced hepatocyte apoptosis, autophagy, and pyroptosis.
Autores: Izaguirre, Maitane; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE
ISSN 2077-0383  Vol. 8  Nº 4  2019  págs. 479
Objective: Glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 has been proposed as a key candidate in glucose improvements after bariatric surgery. Our aim was to explore the role of GLP-1 in surgically-induced type 2 diabetes (T2D) improvement and its capacity to regulate human adipocyte inflammation. Methods: Basal circulating concentrations of GLP-1 as well as during an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) were measured in lean and obese volunteers with and without T2D (n = 93). In addition, GLP-1 levels were determined before and after weight loss achieved by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) (n = 77). The impact of GLP-1 on inflammation signalling pathways was also evaluated. Results: We show that the reduced (p < 0.05) circulating levels of GLP-1 in obese T2D patients increased (p < 0.05) after RYGB. The area under the curve was significantly lower in obese patients with (p < 0.01) and without (p < 0.05) T2D compared to lean volunteers while obese patients with T2D exhibited decreased GLP-1 levels at baseline (p < 0.05) and 120 min (p < 0.01) after the OGTT. Importantly, higher (p < 0.05) pre-operative GLP-1 concentrations were found in patients with T2D remission after RYGB. We also revealed that exendin-4, a GLP-1 agonist, downregulated the expression of inflammation-related genes (IL1B, IL6, IL8, TNF) and, conversely, upregulated the mRNA levels of ADIPOQ in human visceral adipocytes. Furthermore, exendin-4 blocked (p < 0.05) LPS-induced inflammation in human adipocytes via downregulating the expression and secretion of key inflammatory markers. Conclusions: Our data indicate that GLP-1 may contribute to glycemic control and exert a role in T2D remission after RYGB. GLP-1 is also involved in limiting inflammation in human visceral adipocytes.
Autores: Becerril, Sara, (Autor de correspondencia); Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: GENES
ISSN 2073-4425  Vol. 10  Nº 3  2019  págs. 184
The role of extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling in fibrosis progression in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is complex and dynamic, involving the synthesis and degradation of different ECM components, including tenascin C (TNC). The aim was to analyze the influence of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) deletion on inflammation and ECM remodeling in the liver of ob/ob mice, since a functional relationship between leptin and iNOS has been described. The expression of molecules involved in inflammation and ECM remodeling was analyzed in the liver of double knockout (DBKO) mice simultaneously lacking the ob and the iNOS genes. Moreover, the effect of leptin was studied in the livers of ob/ob mice and compared to wild-type rodents. Liver inflammation and fibrosis were increased in leptin-deficient mice. As expected, leptin treatment reverted the obesity phenotype. iNOS deletion in ob/ob mice improved insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and fibrogenesis, as evidenced by lower macrophage infiltration and collagen deposition as well as downregulation of the proinflammatory and profibrogenic genes including Tnc. Circulating TNC levels were also decreased. Furthermore, leptin upregulated TNC expression and release via NO-dependent mechanisms in AML12 hepatic cells. iNOS deficiency in ob/ob mice improved liver inflammation and ECM remodeling-related genes, decreasing fibrosis, and metabolic dysfunction. The activation of iNOS by leptin is necessary for the synthesis and secretion of TNC in hepatocytes, suggesting an important role of this alarmin in the development of NAFLD.
Autores: Frühbeck, Gema; Catalán, V; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: NUTRIENTS
ISSN 2072-6643  Vol. 11  Nº 2  2019  págs. E454
Obesity favors the development of cardiometabolic alterations such as type 2 diabetes (T2D) and the metabolic syndrome (MS). Obesity and the MS are distinguished by an increase in circulating leptin concentrations, in parallel to a drop in the levels of adiponectin. Consequently, the Adpn/Lep ratio has been suggested as a maker of dysfunctional adipose tissue. We aimed to investigate in humans (n = 292) the reliability of the Adpn/Lep ratio as a biomarker of adipose tissue dysfunction. We considered that an Adpn/Lep ratio of ¿1.0 can be considered normal, a ratio of ¿0.5 <1.0 suggests moderate-medium increased risk, and a ratio of <0.5 indicates a severe increase in cardiometabolic risk. Using these cut-offs, 5%, 54% and 48% of the lean, normoglycemic and without-MS subjects, respectively, fall within the group with an Adpn/Lep ratio below 0.5; while 89%, 86% and 90% of the obese, with T2D and with MS patients fall within the same group (p < 0.001). A significant negative correlation (r = -0.21, p = 0.005) between the Adpn/Lep ratio and serum amyloid A (SAA) concentrations, a marker of adipose tissue dysfunction, was found. We concluded that the Adpn/Lep ratio is a good indicator of a dysfunctional adipose tissue that may be a useful estimator of obesity- and MS-associated cardiometabolic risk, allowing the identification of a higher number of subjects at risk.
Autores: Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 49  Nº Supl. 1  2019  págs. 148 - 149
Autores: Catalán, V; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 49  Nº Supl. 1  2019  págs. 150
Autores: Ezquerro, S. ; Mendez-Gimenez, L.; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 49  Nº Supl. 1  2019  págs. 55 - 56
Autores: Valentí, Víctor; Moncada, Rafael; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 29  Nº Supl. 5  2019  págs. 727 - 727
Autores: Ezquerro, S. ; Mocha, F.; Frühbeck, Gema; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 49  Nº Supl. 1  2019  págs. 79 - 80
Autores: Unamuno, X.; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº 9  2018  págs. e12997
Obesity, a worldwide epidemic, confers increased risk for multiple serious conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cancer. Adipose tissue is considered one of the largest endocrine organs in the body as well as an active tissue for cellular reactions and metabolic homeostasis rather than an inert tissue for energy storage. The functional pleiotropism of adipose tissue relies on its ability to synthesize and release a large number of hormones, cytokines, extracellular matrix proteins and growth and vasoactive factors, collectively termed adipokines that influence a variety of physiological and pathophysiological processes. In the obese state, excessive visceral fat accumulation causes adipose tissue dysfunctionality that strongly contributes to the onset of obesity-related comorbidities. The mechanisms underlying adipose tissue dysfunction include adipocyte hypertrophy and hyperplasia, increased inflammation, impaired extracellular matrix remodelling and fibrosis together with an altered secretion of adipokines. This review describes how adipose tissue becomes inflamed in obesity and summarizes key players and molecular mechanisms involved in adipose inflammation.
Autores: Frühbeck, Gema; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: METABOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL
ISSN 0026-0495  Vol. 87  2018  págs. 123 - 135
Objective: Kallistatin plays an important role in the inhibition of inflammation, oxidative stress, fibrosis and angiogenesis. We aimed to determine the impact of kallistatin on obesity and its associated metabolic alterations as well as its role in adipocyte inflammation and oxidative stress. Methods: Samples obtained from 95 subjects were used in a case-control study. Circulating concentrations and expression levels of kallistatin as well as key inflammation, oxidative stress and extracellular matrix remodelling-related genes were analyzed. Circulating kallistatin concentrations were measured before and after weight loss achieved by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). The impact of kallistatin on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)- and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha-mediated inflammatory as well as oxidative stress signalling pathways was evaluated. Results: We show that the reduced (P < 0.00001) circulating levels of kallistatin in obese patients increased (P < 0.00001) after RYGB. Moreover, gene expression levels of SERPINA4, the gene coding for kallistatin, were down regulated (P < 0.01) in the liver from obese subjects with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Additionally, we revealed that kallistatin reduced (P < 0.05) the expression of inflammation-related genes (CCL2, IL1B, IL6, IL8, TNFA, TGFB) and, conversely, upregulated (P < 0.05) mRNA levels of ADIPOQ and KLF4 in human adipocytes in culture. Kallistatin inhibited (P < 0.05) LPS- and INF-alpha-induced inflammation in human adipocytes via downregulating the expression and secretion of key inflammatory markers. Furthermore, kallistatin also blocked (P < 0.05) TNF-alpha-mediated lipid peroxidation as well as NOX2 and HIF1A expression while stimulating (P < 0.05) the. expression of SIRT1 and FOXO1. Conclusions: These findings provide, for the first time, evidence of a novel role of kallistatin in obesity and its associated comorbidities by limiting adipose tissue inflammation and oxidative stress.
Autores: Moreno-Navarrete, J. M.; Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: MOLECULAR NUTRITION AND FOOD RESEARCH
ISSN 1613-4125  Vol. 62  Nº 2  2018 
Scope: To investigate intestinal markers of iron absorption in morbidly obese subjects according to glucose tolerance. Methods and results: Gene expression of both non-heme (SLC40A1 (ferroportin), SLC11A2) and heme iron (SLC46A1 (HCP1), HMOX1) transporters is analyzed in 38 small intestine tissue samples [11 with normal glucose tolerance, 14 with glucose intolerance (GI), and 13 with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes (T2D)]. SLC40A1 (r = 0.43, p = 0.008) and SLC11A2 (r = 0.35, p = 0.03) mRNA levels are positively correlated with ferritin-to-hepcidin ratio and with fasting glucose, being significantly increased in patients with T2D. Only ferroportin is negatively associated with serum hepcidin (r = -0.617, p < 0.0001). In multivariate regression analysis, fasting glucose contributes independently to intestinal SLC40A1 (p = 0.009) and SLC11A2 (p = 0.04) variance after controlling for age, sex, and BMI. When circulating hepcidin is incorporated into the model, fasting glucose contributes significantly and independently to intestinal SLC40A1 (p = 0.02), but not to SLC11A2 (p = 0.07) variance. SLC46A1 and HMOX1 are similar in all groups. Conclusion: The expression of ferroportin and SLC11A2 is increased in the intestine of patients with T2D in association with iron stores and serum hepcidin levels. Increased intestinal iron absorption is a potential mechanism that could explain the increased body iron stores frequently observed in patients with T2D.
Autores: Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY
ISSN 0307-0565  Vol. 42  Nº 8  2018  págs. 1458 - 1470
Background/Objectives: Obesity is related to a dynamic extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling, which involves the synthesis and degradation of different proteins, such as tenascin C (TNC) in the adipose tissue (AT). Given the functional relationship between leptin and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), our aim was to analyze the impact of the absence of the iNOS gene in AT inflammation and ECM remodeling in ob/ob mice. Subjects/Methods: The expression of genes involved in inflammation and ECM remodeling was evaluated in 10-week-old male double knockout (DBKO) mice simultaneously lacking the ob and iNOS genes as well as in ob/ob mice classified into three groups [control, leptin-treated (1 mg kg(-1) day(-1)) and pair-fed]. Results: Leptin deficiency increased inflammation and fibrosis in AT. As expected, leptin treatment improved the obesity phenotype. iNOS deficiency in ob/ob mice improved insulin sensitivity, AT inflammation, and ECM remodeling, as evidenced by lower AT macrophage infiltration and collagen deposition, a downregulation of proinflammatory and profibrogenic genes Tnf, Emr1, Hif1a, Col6a1, Col6a3, and Tnc, as well as lower circulating TNC levels. Interestingly, leptin upregulated TNC expression and release in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, and iNOS knockdown in 3T3-L1 fat cells produced a significant decrease in basal and leptin-induced Tnc expression. Conclusions: Ablation of iNOS in leptin-deficient mice improved AT inflammation and ECM remodeling-related genes, attenuating fibrosis, and metabolic dysfunction. The activation of iNOS by leptin is necessary for the synthesis and secretion of TNC in adipocytes, suggesting an important role of this alarmin in the development of AT inflammation and fibrosis.
Autores: Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº Supl 1  2018  págs. 190 - 191
Autores: Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Catalán, V; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº Supl. 1  2018  págs. 191 - 192
Autores: Ezquerro, S.; Mendez-Gimenez, L.; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº Supl 1  2018  págs. 190
Autores: Martín, Marina; Rodríguez, Amaia; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº Supl. 1  2018  págs. 207 - 208
Autores: Gonzalez-Borja, I. ; Martín, Marina; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº Supl. 1  2018  págs. 204 - 205
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Mendez-Gimenez, L.; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº Supl 1  2018  págs. 189 - 190
Autores: Unamuno, X.; Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
ISSN 0014-2972  Vol. 48  Nº Supl.1  2018  págs. 193 - 194
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; Ezquerro, S.; et al.
Revista: ACTA PHYSIOLOGICA
ISSN 1748-1708  Vol. 219  Nº 2  2017  págs. 362 - 381
Skeletal muscle is the largest organ determining whole-body insulin sensitivity and metabolic homoeostasis. Adaptive changes of skeletal muscle in response to physical activity include adjustments in the production and secretion of muscle-derived bioactive factors, known as myokines, such as myostatin, IL-4, IL-6, IL-7 and IL-15, myonectin, follistatin-like 1 or leukaemia inhibitory factor. These myokines not only act locally in the muscle in an autocrine/paracrine manner, but also are released to the bloodstream as endocrine factors to regulate physiological processes in other tissues. Irisin, derived from the cleavage of FNDC5 protein, constitutes a myokine that induces myogenesis and fat browning (switch of white adipocytes to brown fat-like cells) together with a concomitant increase in energy expenditure. Besides being a target for irisin actions, the adipose tissue also constitutes a production site of FNDC5. Interestingly, irisin secretion from subcutaneous and visceral fat depots is decreased by long-term exercise training and fasting, suggesting a discordant regulation of FNDC5/irisin in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Accordingly, our group has recently reported that the adipokine leptin differentially regulates FNDC5/irisin expression in skeletal muscle and fat, confirming the crosstalk between both tissues. Moreover, irisin secretion and function are regulated by other myokines, such as follistatin or myostatin, as well as by other adipokines, including fibroblast growth factor 21 and leptin. Taken together, myokines have emerged as novel molecular mediators of fat browning and their activity can be modulated by adipokines, confirming the crosstalk between skeletal muscle and adipose tissue to regulate thermogenesis and energy expenditure.
Autores: Méndez-Giménez, L.; Becerril, Sara; Moncada, Rafael; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 27  Nº 7  2017  págs. 1763 - 1774
BACKGROUND: Gastric plication is a minimally invasive bariatric surgical procedure, where the greater curvature is plicated inside the gastric lumen. Our aims were to analyze the effectiveness of gastric plication on the resolution of obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, and fatty liver in an experimental model of diet-induced obesity (DIO) and to evaluate changes in glycerol metabolism, a key substrate for adiposity and gluconeogenesis, in adipose tissue and the liver. METHODS: Male Wistar DIO rats (n = 58) were subjected to surgical (sham operation and gastric plication) or dietary interventions [fed a normal diet (ND) or high-fat diet (HFD) or pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by gastric-plicated animals]. The expression of aquaglyceroporins (AQPs) in epididymal (EWAT) and subcutaneous (SCWAT) fat and the liver was analyzed by real-time PCR and Western blot. RESULTS: Gastric plication did not result in a significant weight loss in DIO rats, showing a modest reduction in whole-body adiposity and hepatic steatosis. However, gastric-plicated animals exhibited an improvement in basal glycemia and glucose clearance, without changes in hepatic gluconeogenic genes. DIO was associated with an increase in glycerol, higher AQP3 and AQP7 in EWAT and SCWAT, and a decrease in hepatic AQP9. Gastric plication downregulated AQP3 in both fat depots without changes in adipose AQP7 and hepatic AQP9. CONCLUSION: Gastric plication results in a modest reduction in adiposity and hepatosteatosis but restores glycemia by downregulating AQP3, which entails lower efflux of glycerol from fat, lower plasma glycerol availability, and a reduced use of glycerol as a substrate for hepatic gluconeogenesis.
Autores: Méndez-Giménez, L.; Becerril, Sara; Camoes, S. P.; et al.
Revista: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY
ISSN 0307-0565  Vol. 41  Nº 9  2017  págs. 1394 - 1402
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Glycerol is a key metabolite for lipid accumulation in insulin-sensitive tissues as well as for pancreatic insulin secretion. We examined the role of aquaporin-7 (AQP7), the main glycerol channel in beta-cells, and AQP12, an aquaporin related to pancreatic damage, in the improvement of pancreatic function and steatosis after sleeve gastrectomy in diet-induced obese rats. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Male Wistar obese rats (n = 125) were subjected to surgical (sham operation and sleeve gastrectomy) or dietary (pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by sleeve-gastrectomized animals) interventions. The tissue distribution and expression of AQPs in the rat pancreas were analyzed by real-time PCR, western blotting and immunohistochemistry. The effect of ghrelin isoforms and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) on insulin secretion, triacylglycerol (TG) accumulation and AQP expression was determined in vitro in RIN-m5F beta-cells. RESULTS: Sleeve gastrectomy reduced pancreatic beta-cell apoptosis, steatosis and insulin secretion. Lower ghrelin and higher GLP-1 concentrations were also found after bariatric surgery. Acylated and desacyl ghrelin increased TG content, whereas GLP-1 increased insulin release in RIN-m5F beta-cells. Sleeve gastrectomy was associated with an upregulation of AQP7 together with a normalization of the increased AQP12 levels in the rat pancreas. Interestingly, ghrelin and GLP-1 repressed AQP7 and AQP12 expression in RINm5F beta-cells. AQP7 protein was negatively correlated with intracellular lipid accumulation in acylated ghrelin-treated cells and with insulin release in GLP-1-stimulated beta-cells. CONCLUSIONS: AQP7 upregulation in beta-cells after sleeve gastrectomy contributes, in part, to the improvement of pancreatic steatosis and insulin secretion by increasing intracellular glycerol used for insulin release triggered by GLP-1 rather than for ghrelin-induced TG biosynthesis.
Autores: Moreno-Navarrete, J. M.; Rodríguez, Amaia; Ortega, F.; et al.
Revista: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN 2045-2322  Vol. 7  Nº 1  2017  págs. 5305
Iron status is known to be associated with the physiology of adipose tissue (AT). We aimed to investigate AT heme and expression of heme exporter (FLVCR1) in association with obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Substantial amounts of FLVCR1 mRNA and protein levels were detected in AT, being significantly increased in subjects with T2D, and positively correlated with fasting glucose, fasting triglycerides and with circulating markers of iron stores (serum ferritin, blood hemoglobin and hematocrit). In both visceral (VAT) and subcutaneous AT (SAT), increased heme levels were found in subjects with T2D. Reinforcing these associations, FLVCR1 mRNA levels were positively linked to fasting glucose in an independent cohort. Longitudianlly, the percent change of FLVCR1 positively correlated with the percent change in fasting glucose (r = 0.52, p = 0.03) after bariatric surgery-induced weight loss. High-fat diet-induced weight gain in rats did not result in significant changes in AT Flvcr1 mRNA but, remarkably, the expression of this gene positively correlated with fasting glucose and negatively with insulin sensitivity (QUICKI). Altogether, these findings showed a direct association between FLVCR1 mRNA levels and hyperglycemia, suggesting that increased adipose tissue heme exportation might disrupt, or is the consequence of, impaired systemic glucose metabolism during the progression to T2D.
Autores: Moreno Navarrete, J. M.; Ortega, F.; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: DIABETOLOGIA
ISSN 0012-186X  Vol. 60  Nº 5  2017  págs. 915 - 926
Iron excess in adipose tissue is known to promote adipose tissue dysfunction. Here, we aimed to investigate the possible role of haem oxygenase 1 (HMOX1) in iron excess-induced adipose tissue dysfunction. Cross-sectionally, HMOX1 gene expression in subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue was analysed in two independent cohorts (n = 234 and 40) in relation to obesity. We also evaluated the impact of weight loss (n = 21), weight gain (in rats, n = 20) on HMOX1 mRNA; HMOX1 mRNA levels during human adipocyte differentiation; the effects of inflammation and iron on adipocyte HMOX1; and the effects of HMOX1-induced activity on adipocyte mitochondrial respiratory function, glucose uptake and adipogenesis. Adipose tissue HMOX1 was increased in obese participants (p = 0.01) and positively associated with obesity-related metabolic disturbances, and markers of iron accumulation, inflammation and oxidative stress (p < 0.01). HMOX1 was negatively correlated with mRNAs related to mitochondrial biogenesis, the insulin signalling pathway and adipogenesis (p < 0.01). These associations were replicated in an independent cohort. Bariatric surgery-induced weight loss led to reduced HMOX1 (0.024 +/- 0.010 vs 0.010 +/- 0.004 RU, p < 0.0001), whereas in rats, high-fat diet-induced weight gain resulted in increased Hmox1 mRNA levels (0.22 +/- 0.15 vs 0.54 +/- 0.22 RU, p = 0.005). These changes were in parallel with changes in BMI and adipose tissue markers of iron excess, adipogenesis and inflammation. In human adipocytes, iron excess and inflammation led to increased HMOX1 mRNA levels. HMOX1 induction (by haem arginate [hemin] administration), resulted in a significant reduction of mitochondrial respiratory capacity (including basal respiration and spare respiratory capacity), glucose uptake and adipogenesis in parallel with increased expression of inflammatory- and iron excess-related genes. HMOX1 is an important marker of iron excess-induced adipose tissue dysfunction and metabolic disturbances in human obesity.
Autores: Moreno-Navarrete, J. M.; Rodríguez, Amaia; Ortega, F.; et al.
Revista: OBESITY
ISSN 1930-7381  Vol. 25  Nº 10  2017  págs. 1723 - 1733
OBJECTIVE: To investigate key enzymes of heme biosynthesis in human adipocytes and adipose tissue (AT). METHODS: Heme biosynthesis-related gene expression (ALAS1, ALAD, HMBS) was investigated in whole AT from humans (n¿=¿178 and n¿=¿75) and rats according to obesity status and during adipogenesis of human preadipocytes. The effects of aminotriazole (an ALAD inhibitor) and of ALAD knockdown were also studied. RESULTS: Consistent heme biosynthesis-related gene expression was detected in both subcutaneous AT (SAT) and visceral AT (VAT) and was significantly increased in SAT. ALAS1, ALAD, and HMBS mRNAs were positively associated with adipogenic gene expression in human AT and significantly decreased in subjects with obesity. These results were replicated in an independent cohort. Both SAT and VAT heme levels were positively correlated with ALAS1, ALAD, and HMBS mRNAs. ALAD and HMBS were mainly expressed in adipocytes and increased during differentiation of human adipocytes in parallel to adipogenic genes. In rats, high-fat diet-induced weight gain resulted in decreased Alad and Hmbs mRNAs in a similar way to what was observed with Adipoq. Aminotriazole administration or ALAD knockdown attenuated adipogenesis in parallel with decreased glucose uptake and impaired mitochondrial respiratory function during human adipocyte differentiation. CONCLUSIONS: Current data suggest a possible role of heme biosynthesis in human adipogenesis
Autores: Catalán, V; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: ONCOIMMUNOLOGY
ISSN 2162-402X  Vol. 6  Nº 7  2017  págs. e1328338
Growing evidence indicates that adipose tissue inflammation is an important mechanism whereby obesity promotes cancer risk and progression. Since IL-32 is an important inflammatory and remodeling factor in obesity and is also related to colon cancer (CC) development, the aim of this study was to explore whether IL-32 could function as an inflammatory factor in human obesity-associated CC promoting a microenvironment favorable for tumor growth. Samples obtained from 84 subjects [27 lean (LN) and 57 obese (OB)] were used in the study. Enrolled subjects were further subclassified according to the established diagnostic protocol for CC (49 without CC and 35 with CC). We show, for the first time, that obesity (p = 0.009) and CC (p = 0.026) increase circulating concentrations of IL-32¿. Consistently, we further showed that gene (p < 0.05) and protein (p < 0.01) expression levels of IL-32¿ were upregulated in VAT from obese patients with CC. Additionally, we revealed that IL32 expression levels are enhanced by hypoxia and inflammation-related factors in HT-29 CC cells as well as that IL-32¿ is involved in the upregulation of inflammation (IL8, TNF, and CCL2) and extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling (SPP1 and MMP9) genes in HT-29 cancer cells. Additionally, we also demonstrate that the adipocyte-conditioned medium obtained from obese patients stimulates (p < 0.05) the expression of IL32 in human CC cells. These findings provide evidence of the potential involvement of IL-32 in the development of obesity-associated CC as a pro-inflammatory and ECM remodeling cytokine.
Autores: Frühbeck, Gema; Catalán, V; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN 2045-2322  Vol. 7  Nº 1  2017  págs. 2752
The circulating concentrations of adiponectin, an antidiabetic adipokine, have been shown to be reduced in obesity, in relation to an increase in inflammation. The aim of the present work was to assess the effect of leptin replacement on adiponectin levels and expression as well as on markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. Twelve-week-old male mice (n=7-10 per group) were treated with either saline (wild type and ob/ob mice) or leptin (ob/ob mice) for 18 days. A third group of ob/ob mice was treated with saline and pair-fed to the amount of food consumed by the leptin-treated group. Leptin replacement restored values of adiponectin (P < 0.001), reduced circulating 8-isoprostane and serum amyloid A (SAA) levels (P < 0.05 for both), and significantly downregulated the increased gene expression of osteopontin (Spp1, P < 0.05), Saa3 (P < 0.05), Cd68 ( P < 0.01), Il6 (P < 0.01) and NADPH oxidase (Nox1 and Nox2, P < 0.01) in the perirenal WAT and Spp1 (P < 0.05) in the liver of ob/ ob mice. In cultured adipocytes from ob/ ob mice, leptin increased (P < 0.05) the mRNA expression and secretion of adiponectin. We concluded that circulating concentrations of adiponectin are positively regulated by leptin and ameliorate obesity-associated oxidative stress and inflammation in mice.
Autores: Rocha Rodrigues, S.; Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY & PHYSIOLOGY (ONLINE)
ISSN 1440-1681  Vol. 44  Nº 3  2017  págs. 386 - 394
We aimed to investigate the effects of two physical exercise models, voluntary physical activity (VPA) and endurance training (ET) as preventive and therapeutic strategies, respectively, on lipid accumulation regulators and mitochondrial content in VAT of rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Sprague-Dawley rats (6weeks old, n=60) were assigned into sedentary and VPA groups fed isoenergetic diets: standard (S, 35kcal% fat) or HFD (71kcal% fat). The VPA groups had free access to wheel running during the entire protocol. After 9weeks, half of the sedentary animals were exercised on a treadmill while maintaining the dietary treatments. The HFD induced no changes in plasma non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) and glycerol levels and decreased oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) subunit IV and increased truncated/full-length sterol regulatory element-binding transcription factor 1c (SREBP1c) ratio in epididymal white adipose tissue (eWAT). VPA decreased plasma glycerol levels, aquaglyceroporin 7 (AQP7) and increased subunit I of cytochrome c oxidase (COX) protein, in standard diet fed animals. Eight weeks of ET decreased body weight, visceral adiposity and adipocyte size and plasma NEFA and glycerol levels, as well as AQP7 protein expression in eWAT. ET increased fatty acid translocase (FAT/CD36), mitochondrial content of complexes IV and V subunits, mitochondrial biogenesis and dynamic (mitofusins and optic atrophy 1)-related proteins. Moreover, lipogenesis-related markers (SREBP1c and acetyl CoA carboxylase) were reduced after 8weeks of ET. In conclusion, ET-induced alterations reflect a positive effect on mitochondrial function and the overall VAT metabolism of HFD-induced obese rats.
Autores: Latorre, J.; Moreno-Navarrete, J.; Ortega, F.; et al.
Revista: DIABETOLOGIA
ISSN 0012-186X  Vol. 60  Nº Supl 1  2017  págs. S291
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY
ISSN 0307-0565  Vol. 40  Nº 9  2016  págs. 1405 - 1415
Background/Objectives:Uroguanylin and guanylin are secreted by intestinal epithelial cells as prohormones postprandially and act on the hypothalamus to induce satiety. The impact of obesity and obesity-associated type 2 diabetes (T2D) on proguanylin and prouroguanylin expression/secretion as well as the potential role of guanylin and uroguanylin in the control of lipolysis in humans was evaluated.Subjects/Methods:Circulating and gastrointestinal expression of proguanylin (GUCA2A) and prouroguanylin (GUCA2B) were measured in 134 subjects. In addition, plasma proguanylin and prouroguanylin were measured before and after weight loss achieved either by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) (n=24) or after a conventional diet (n=15). The effect of guanylin and uroguanylin (1¿100¿nmol¿l-1) on lipolysis was determined in vitro in omental adipocytes.Results:Circulating concentrations of prouroguanylin, but not proguanylin, were decreased in obesity in relation to adiposity. Weight loss achieved by RYGB increased plasma proguanylin and prouroguanylin. Obese T2D individuals showed higher expression of intestinal GUCA2A as well as of the receptors of the guanylin system, GUCY2C and GUCY2D, in omental adipocytes. The incubation with guanylin and uroguanylin significantly stimulated lipolysis in differentiated omental adipocytes, as evidenced by hormone-sensitive lipase phosphorylation at Ser563, an increase in fatty acids and glycerol release together with an upregulation of several lipolysis-related genes, including AQP3, AQP7, FATP1 or CD36.Conclusions:Both guanylin and uroguanylin trigger lipolysis in human visceral adipocytes. Given the lipolytic action of the guanylin system on visceral adipocytes, the herein reported decrease of circulating prouroguanylin concentrations in obese patients may have a role in excessive fat accumulation in obesity
Autores: Ezquerro, S. ; Méndez-Giménez, L.; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN 2045-2322  Vol. 6  2016  págs. 39942
Bariatric surgery improves non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Our aim was to investigate the potential role of ghrelin isoforms in the resolution of hepatic steatosis after sleeve gastrectomy, a restrictive bariatric surgery procedure, in diet-induced obese rats. Male Wistar rats (n = 161) were subjected to surgical (sham operation and sleeve gastrectomy) or dietary interventions [fed ad libitum a normal (ND) or a high-fat (HFD) diet or pair-fed]. Obese rats developed hepatosteatosis and showed decreased circulating desacyl ghrelin without changes in acylated ghrelin. Sleeve gastrectomy induced a dramatic decrease of desacyl ghrelin, but increased the acylated/desacyl ghrelin ratio. Moreover, sleeve gastrectomy reduced hepatic triglyceride content and lipogenic enzymes Mogat2 and Dgat1, increased mitochondrial DNA amount and induced AMPK-activated mitochondrial FFA beta-oxidation and autophagy to a higher extent than caloric restriction. In primary rat hepatocytes, the incubation with both acylated and desacyl ghrelin (10, 100 and 1,000 pmol/L) significantly increased TG content, triggered AMPK-activated mitochondrial FFA beta-oxidation and autophagy. Our data suggest that the decrease in the most abundant isoform, desacyl ghrelin, after sleeve gastrectomy contributes to the reduction of lipogenesis, whereas the increased relative acylated ghrelin levels activate factors involved in mitochondrial FFA beta-oxidation and autophagy in obese rats, thereby ameliorating NAFLD.
Autores: Moncada, Rafael; Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 26  Nº 7  2016  págs. 1537-48
Background: Susceptibility to obesity is associated with a notable inter-individual variation. The aim of the present study was to compare the effectiveness of sleeve gastrectomy (SG) on weight loss and metabolic profile in obesity-prone (OP) rats vs animals that are non-susceptible to obesity (NSO). Methods: Young male Wistar rats (n = 101) were put in a diet-induced obesity (DIO) programme with ad libitum access to a high-fed diet (HFD) during 12 months. Body weight and food intake were regularly registered. Thereafter, rats were ranked by final body weight to identify the obesity-prone (OP) (n = 13) and non-susceptible to obesity (NSO) (n = 14) animals. OP and NSO rats were submitted to surgical interventions (sham operation, SG and pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by sleeve-gastrectomized rats). Body weight, food intake, energy expenditure, body temperature, fat pads weight, and metabolic profiling were analysed 4 weeks after surgical or dietary interventions. Results: SG in both OP and NSO rats decreased body weight as compared to sham and pair-fed groups (P < 0.05), mainly due to reductions in subcutaneous and perirenal fat mass (P < 0.001). Total weight loss achieved in sleeve-gastrectomized OP and NSO rats was higher than that of pair-fed ones (P < 0.05), showing that the SG effect goes beyond caloric restriction. In this regard, sleeve-gastrectomized rats exhibited significantly (P < 0.05) increased basal rectal temperature together with upregulated brown adipose tissue Ucp-1 protein expression levels. A significant (P < 0.05) improvement in insulin sensitivity was also observed in both OP and NSO animals that underwent SG as compared with pair-fed counterparts. Conclusion: Our findings provide the first evidence that obesity-prone rats also benefit from surgery responding effectively to SG, as evidenced by the significant body weight reduction and the metabolic profile improvement.
Autores: Moncada, Rafael; Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 26  Nº 7  2016  págs. 1549-58
Background Aging and obesity are two conditions associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Our aim was to analyze whether an advanced age affects the beneficial effects of sleeve gastrectomy on weight loss and blood pressure in an experimental model of diet-induced obesity (DIO). Methods Young (6-month-old) and old (18-month-old) male Wistar DIO rats (n¿=¿101) were subjected to surgical (sham operation and sleeve gastrectomy) or dietary interventions (pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by sleeve gastrectomized animals). Systolic (SBP), diastolic (DBP), and mean (MBP) blood pressure values and heart rate (HR) were recorded in conscious, resting animals by non-invasive tail-cuff plethysmography before and 4 weeks after surgical or dietary interventions. Results Aging was associated with higher (P¿<¿0.05) body weight and subcutaneous and perirenal fat mass as well as mild cardiac hypertrophy. Sleeve gastrectomy induced a reduction in body weight, whole-body adiposity, and serum total ghrelin in both young and old DIO rats. The younger group achieved a higher excess weight loss than the older group (164¿±¿60 vs. 82¿±¿17 %, P¿<¿0.05). A significant (P¿<¿0.05) decrease in insulin resistance, SBP, DBP, MBP, and HR without changes in heart weight was observed after sleeve gastrectomy independently of age. Conclusion Our results provide evidence for the effectiveness of sleeve gastrectomy without increased operative risk in body weight and blood pressure reduction
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Silvia; Leire; et al.
Revista: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM
ISSN 0193-1849  Vol. 309  Nº 8  2015  págs. e691-714
Adipose tissue constitutes an extremely active endocrine organ with a network of signaling pathways enabling the organism to adapt to a wide range of different metabolic challenges, such as starvation, stress, infection, and short periods of gross energy excess. The functional pleiotropism of adipose tissue relies on its ability to synthesize and release a huge variety of hormones, cytokines, complement and growth factors, extracellular matrix proteins, and vasoactive factors, collectively termed adipokines. Obesity is associated with adipose tissue dysfunction leading to the onset of several pathologies including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver, or hypertension, among others. The mechanisms underlying the development of obesity and its associated comorbidities include the hypertrophy and/or hyperplasia of adipocytes, adipose tissue inflammation, impaired extracellular matrix remodeling, and fibrosis together with an altered secretion of adipokines. Recently, the potential role of brown and beige adipose tissue in the protection against obesity has been also recognized. In contrast to white adipocytes, which store energy in the form of fat, brown and beige fat cells display energy-dissipating capacity through the promotion of triacylglycerol clearance, glucose disposal, and generation of heat for thermogenesis. Identification of the morphological and molecular changes in white, beige, and brown adipose tissue during weight gain is of utmost relevance f
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; Leire; et al.
Revista: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY
ISSN 0307-0565  Vol. 39  Nº 3  2015  págs. 397-407
Taken together, our results provide evidence for a regulatory role of leptin on FNDC5/irisin, favoring muscle accretion but reducing fat browning
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Natalia; Inma; et al.
Revista: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN 2045-2322  Vol. 5  2015  págs. 12067
Glycerol is an important metabolite for the control of lipid accumulation in white adipose tissue (WAT) and liver. We aimed to investigate whether exogenous administration of leptin improves features of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice via the regulation of AQP3 and AQP7 (glycerol channels mediating glycerol efflux in adipocytes) and AQP9 (aquaglyceroporin facilitating glycerol influx in hepatocytes). Twelve-week-old male wild type and ob/ob mice were divided in three groups as follows: control, leptin-treated (1 mg/kg/d) and pair-fed. Leptin deficiency was associated with obesity and NAFLD exhibiting an AQP3 and AQP7 increase in WAT, without changes in hepatic AQP9. Adipose Aqp3 and hepatic Aqp9 transcripts positively correlated with markers of adiposity and hepatic steatosis. Chronic leptin administration (4-weeks) was associated with improved body weight, whole-body adiposity, and hepatosteatosis of ob/ob mice and to a down-regulation of AQP3, AQP7 in WAT and an up-regulation of hepatic AQP9. Acute leptin stimulation in vitro (4-h) induced the mobilization of aquaglyceroporins towards lipid droplets (AQP3) and the plasma membrane (AQP7) in murine adipocytes. Our results show that leptin restores the coordinated regulation of fat-specific AQP7 and liver-specific AQP9, a step which might prevent lipid overaccumulation in WAT and liver in obesity
Autores: Méndez-Giménez, L.; Becerril, Sara; Moncada, Rafael; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 25  Nº 9  2015  págs. 1723 - 1734
BACKGROUND: Glycerol constitutes an important metabolite for the control of lipid accumulation and glucose homeostasis. Our aim was to investigate the potential role of aquaglyceroporins, which are glycerol channels mediating glycerol efflux in adipocytes (AQP3 and AQP7) and glycerol influx (AQP9) in hepatocytes, in the improvement of adiposity and hepatic steatosis after sleeve gastrectomy in an experimental model of diet-induced obesity (DIO). METHODS: Male Wistar DIO rats (n = 161) were subjected to surgical (sham operation and sleeve gastrectomy) or dietary interventions [fed ad libitum a normal diet (ND) or a high-fat diet (HFD) or pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by sleeve-gastrectomized animals]. The tissue distribution and expression of AQPs in biopsies of epididymal (EWAT) and subcutaneous (SCWAT) white adipose tissue and liver were analyzed by real-time PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Four weeks after surgery, DIO rats undergoing sleeve gastrectomy showed a reduction in body weight, whole-body adiposity, and hepatic steatosis. DIO was associated with a tendency towards an increase in EWAT AQP3 and SCWAT AQP7 and a decrease in hepatic AQP9. Sleeve gastrectomy downregulated AQP7 in both fat depots and upregulated AQP3 in EWAT, without changing hepatic AQP9. Aqp7 transcript levels in EWAT and SCWAT were positively associated with adiposity and glycemia, while Aqp9 mRNA was negatively correlated with markers of hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance. CONCLUSION: Our results show, for the first time, that sleeve gastrectomy, a widely applied bariatric surgery procedure, restores the coordinated regulation of fat-specific AQP7 and liver-specific AQP9, thereby improving whole-body adiposity and hepatic steatosis.
Autores: Lancha, Andoni; Moncada, Rafael; Valentí, Víctor; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 24  2014  págs. 1702-1708
Circulating OPN levels decreased with HFD feeding remaining unaltered after SG. The expression of Spp1 in EWAT and liver was not modified by SG. The global improvement of metabolism after SG appears not to involve changes in serum OPN concentrations as well as in EWAT and liver expression in rats.
Autores: Lancha, Andoni; Rodríguez, Alfredo; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: PLOS ONE
ISSN 1932-6203  Vol. 9  Nº 5  2014  págs. e98398
Osteopontin (OPN) is a multifunctional extracellular matrix (ECM) protein involved in multiple physiological processes. OPN expression is dramatically increased in visceral adipose tissue in obesity and the lack of OPN protects against the development of insulin resistance and inflammation in mice. We sought to unravel the potential mechanisms involved in the beneficial effects of the absence of OPN. We analyzed the effect of the lack of OPN in the development of obesity and hepatic steatosis induced by a high-fat diet (HFD) using OPN-KO mice. OPN expression was upregulated in epididymal white adipose tissue (EWAT) and liver in wild type (WT) mice with HFD. OPN-KO mice had higher insulin sensitivity, lower body weight and fat mass with reduced adipose tissue ECM remodeling and reduced adipocyte size than WT mice under a HFD. Reduced MMP2 and MMP9 activity was involved in the decreased ECM remodeling. Crown-like structure number in EWAT as well as F4/80-positive cells and Emr1 expression in EWAT and liver increased with HFD, while OPN-deficiency blunted the increase. Moreover, our data show for the first time that OPN-KO under a HFD mice display reduced fibrosis in adipose tissue and liver, as well as reduced oxidative stress in adipose tissue. Gene expression of collagens Col1a1, Col6a1 and Col6a3 in EWAT and liver, as well as the profibrotic cytokine Tgfb1 in EWAT were increased with HFD, while OPN-deficiency prevented this increase. OPN deficiency prevented hepatic steatosis via reduction in the expression of molecules involved in the onset of fat accumulation such as Pparg, Srebf1, Fasn, Mogat1, Dgat2 and Cidec. Furthermore, OPN-KO mice exhibited higher body temperature and improved BAT function. The present data reveal novel mechanisms of OPN in the development of obesity, pointing out the inhibition of OPN as a promising target for the treatment of obesity and fatty liver.
Autores: Lancha, Andoni; Moncada, Rafael; Valentí, Víctor; et al.
Revista: SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES
ISSN 0930-2794  Vol. 28  Nº 2  2014  págs. 2412 - 2420
Background Bariatric surgery (BS) has proven to be an effective treatment for morbid obesity. Osteopontin (OPN) is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in the development of obesity. The aim of our study was to determine the effect of weight loss following BS on circulating levels of OPN in humans. Methods Body composition and circulating concentrations of OPN and markers of bone metabolism were determined in obese patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB; n = 40) or sleeve gastrectomy (SG; n = 11). Results Patients who underwent RYGB or SG showed decreased body weight (P < 0.001) and body fat percentage (P < 0.001) as well as lower insulin resistance. However, plasma OPN levels were significantly increased after RYGB (P < 0.001) but remained unchanged following SG (P = 0.152). Patients who underwent RYGB also showed significantly increased C-terminal telopeptide of type-I collagen (ICTP) (P < 0.01) and osteocalcin (P < 0.001) while bone mineral density tended to decrease (P = 0.086). Moreover, OPN concentrations were positively correlated with the bone resorption marker ICTP after surgery. On the other hand, patients who underwent SG showed significantly increased ICTP levels (P < 0.05), and the change in OPN was positively correlated with the change in ICTP and negatively with the change in vitamin D after surgery (P < 0.05). Conclusions RYGB increased circulating OPN levels, while they remained unaltered after SG. The increase in OPN levels after RYGB could be related to the increased bone resorption in relation to its well-known effects on bone of this malabsorptive procedure in comparison to the merely restrictive SG.
Autores: Becerril, Sara; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Martín, Marina; et al.
Revista: HISTOLOGY AND HISTOPATHOLOGY
ISSN 0213-3911  Vol. 28  Nº 13  2013  págs. 1411-1425
From a histological and functional point of view, two types of adipose tissue can be identified. As opposed to the mainly unilocular white adipocytes, brown adipocytes possess plenty of small multilocular lipid droplets and dissipate energy as heat. Moreover, two distinct types of brown adipose cells exist. In vivo fate mapping experiments of brown adipose tissue (BAT) precursors suggest that classical brown adipocytes and skeletal myoblasts originate from a common mesenchymal, myogenic factor 5 (Myf5)-positive precursor cell. In addition to the classical brown adipocytes, thermogenic brown-like adipocytes (brite/beige cells) may appear within white adipose tissue (WAT) depots, sharing many of the morphological and functional features of brown adipocytes, but arising from a Myf5-negative lineage. In humans, the conversion of white fat cells into brite adipocytes could be a strategy to increase energy expenditure. The zinc finger transcription factor Prdm16 controls the bidirectional fate decision between brown adipocytes and myoblasts. Prdm16 determines the brown fat-like programme and thermogenesis in both brown and white adipose tissues. Moreover, the expression of this transcriptional regulator is strongly correlated with beige cell-selective genes. From a therapeutical point of view, the potential of inducing BAT or the transdifferentiation of WAT into beige cells by enhancing Prdm16 expression, as well as the identification of mechanisms of Prdm16 function and regulation represent potentially exciting new approaches for treatment or prevention of obesity and related diseases.
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; Valentí, Víctor; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 22  Nº 11  2012  págs. 1786 - 1787
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; Valentí, Víctor; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 22  Nº 9  2012  págs. 1481 - 1490
Sleeve gastrectomy constitutes an effective surgical procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. The aim of the present study was to establish the effects of sleeve gastrectomy and caloric restriction on weight loss and cardiovascular parameters in diet-induced obese (DIO) rats. Male Wistar DIO rats were subjected to surgical interventions (n = 30) (sham operation, sleeve gastrectomy, or pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by sleeve-gastrectomized animals and compared to lean control rats) or dietary interventions (n = 40) (fed ad libitum a normal diet (ND) or a high-fat diet or an ND with a caloric restriction of 25 %). Systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure, and mean blood pressure values and heart rate (HR) were recorded in conscious, resting animals by noninvasive tail-cuff plethysmography before and 3 weeks after surgical or dietary interventions. Both sleeve gastrectomy and caloric restriction induced a reduction in body weight, whole-body adiposity, and serum leptin together with an increased excess weight loss in DIO rats. Sleeve gastrectomy was further associated with an improvement in insulin resistance and the lipid profile, as well as with a reduction in serum ghrelin levels. A decrease in HR and heart weight was observed in caloric-restricted groups. Sleeve-gastrectomized rats not only exhibited a reduction in HR (a dagger HR = -45 +/- 19 bpm) but also in SBP values (a dagger SBP = -22 +/- 10 mmHg) compared to the DIO rats (a dagger SBP = 14 +/- 8 mmHg). Our findings provide evidence that the beneficial effects of sleeve gastrectomy on blood pressure values are beyond weight loss in rats with diet-induced obesity.
Autores: Martín, Marina; Burrell, María Ángela; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 22  Nº 4  2012  págs. 634 - 640
Background: Sleeve gastrectomy (SG) has been used as a multipurpose surgical procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. The aim of the study was to analyze gastric morphology and histology at two different time points after SG in rats. Methods: Thirty-five male Wistar rats were fed ad libitum during 3 months on a high-fat diet to induce obesity. Subsequently, 25 diet-induced obese rats underwent either SG (n=12) or a sham operation (n=13). The remaining ten obese animals encompassed the nonoperated control group (Co). Four weeks postoperatively, 15 rats (n05 rats/experimental group) were sacrificed, while the remaining 20 rats were sacrificed after 16 weeks (animals/group; Co=5, sham=8, SG=7) to compare the gastric morphological and histopathological changes over time. Body weight and food intake were regularly recorded. Results: For both time periods, the Co groups exhibited the highest body weight, while the rats undergoing the SG showed the lowest weight gain (P<0.05). Initially, significant differences (P<0.005) in food intake relative to body weight were observed between the Co rats and animals undergoing surgery, which disappeared thereafter. The actual total stomach sizeafter both experimental periods in the SG group was similar to that of non- and sham-operated rats mainly due to a forestomach enlargement, which was more pronounced after 16 weeks. Traits of gastritis cystica profunda characterized by gastric foveolae elongation with hyperplasia and cystic dilatation of the glandswere observed in the residual stomachs of the sleeve-gastrectomized rats. These findings were mostly observed after 16 weeks of performing the SG, although they were also detected occasionally following 4 weeks postoperatively. No intestinal metaplasia was observed. Conclusion: After SG gastric macro- and microscopic changes with functional implications in both the short and long term take place.
Autores: Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: PHYSIOLOGICAL GENOMICS (ONLINE)
ISSN 1531-2267  Vol. 44  Nº 13  2012  págs. 678-688
Leptin and nitric oxide (NO) are implicated in the control of energy homeostasis. The aim of the present study was to examine the impact of the absence of the inducible NO synthase (iNOS) gene on the regulation of energy balance in ob/ob mice analyzing the changes in gene expression levels in brown adipose tissue (BAT). Double knockout (DBKO) mice simultaneously lacking the ob and iNOS genes were generated and the expression of genes involved in energy balance including fatty acid and glucose metabolism as well as mitochondrial genes were analyzed by microarrays. DBKO mice exhibited an improvement in energy balance with a decrease in body weight (P < 0.001), total fat pads (P < 0.05) and food intake (P < 0.05) as well as an enhancement in BAT function as compared to ob/ob mice. To better understand the molecular events associated with this improvement, BAT gene expression was analyzed. Of particular interest, gene expression levels of the key subunit of the Mediator complex Med1 was upregulated (P < 0.05) in DBKO mice. Real-Time PCR and immunohistochemistry further confirmed this data. Med1 is implicated in adipogenesis, lipid metabolic and biosynthetic processes, glucose metabolism and mitochondrial metabolic pathways. Med1 plays an important role in the transcriptional control of genes implicated in energy homeostasis, suggesting that the improvement in energy balance and BAT function of the DBKO mice is mediated, at least in part, through the transcription coactivator Med1.
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Becerril, Sara; Valentí, Víctor; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 22  Nº 2  2012  págs. 309-315
Sleeve gastrectomy constitutes an effective surgical procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity in humans and rodents with diet-induced obesity. The aim of the present study was to establish the effects of sleeve gastrectomy on weight loss and cardiovascular parameters in genetically obese (fa/fa) Zucker rats. Eleven-week-old male obese (fa/fa) (n = 20) Zucker rats were assigned to three alternative procedures (sham operation, sleeve gastrectomy, or pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by sleeve-gastrectomized animals) and compared with lean Zucker (Fa/Fa) rats (n = 9). Systolic (SBP), diastolic (DBP), and mean (MBP) blood pressure values as well as heart rate (HR) were recorded in conscious, resting animals by non-invasive tail-cuff plethysmography before and 3 weeks after the surgical interventions. Sleeve-gastrectomized rats experienced a reduction in body weight (P < 0.01), total adiposity amounts (P < 0.001), together with an increased excess weight loss (%EWL) (P < 0.05) compared with sham-operated and pair-fed animals 3 weeks after the surgical interventions. Rats with sleeve gastrectomy exhibited reduced (P < 0.01) blood pressure values (Delta SBP = -11 +/- 8 mmHg; Delta DBP = -6 +/- 4 mmHg; Delta MBP = -8 +/- 6 mmHg) compared with the control group, but no changes were observed in HR (P = 0.560). Sham-operated and pair-fed groups did not alter their cardiovascular variables. Our findings provide evidence of the beneficial effects of sleeve gastrectomy on blood pressure values in addition to the weight loss in obese (fa/fa) Zucker rats independently of surgical trauma and food intake reduction.
Autores: Valentí, Víctor; Martín, Marina; BEa; et al.
Revista: OBESITY SURGERY
ISSN 0960-8923  Vol. 21  Nº 9  2011  págs. 1438 - 1443
Background: Sleeve gastrectomy (SG) has been used for the surgical treatment of morbid obesity as a first or definitive procedure with satisfactory results. The objective of this study in rats was to establish the effects of SG on weight loss depending on the post-surgical type of diet followed. Methods: Thirty male Wistar rats were fed ad libitum during 3 months on a high-fat diet (HFD) to induce obesity. After this first phase, rats were subdivided in three groups of ten rats each and underwent a sham intervention, an SG, or no surgery but were pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by the animals of the SG group. At this time point, half of the animals in each group continued to be fed on the HFD, while the other half was switched to a normal chow diet (ND). Thus, the following subgroups were established: sham-ND, sleeve-ND, pair-fed-ND as well as sham-HFD, sleeve-HFD, and pair-fed-HFD. Body weight and food intake were recorded daily for 4 weeks. The feed efficiency rate (FER) was determined from weekly weight gains and caloric consumption during this period. Results: Statistically significant (P¿<¿0.05) differences in body weight were observed between the six experimental groups after 4 weeks of the interventions with rats in the sleeve-ND group experimenting the highest weight loss (-78.2¿±¿10.3 g) and animals in the pair-fed-HFD group exhibiting the lowest weight reduction (-4.0¿±¿0.1 g). Interestingly, the FER value of rats that underwent the SG and continued to be fed on a HFD was significantly (P¿<¿0.05) lower than that of sham operated and pair-fed animals on the same diet. Conclusion: The positive effects of SG on weight reduction are observed in obese rats submitted to the intervention and subsequently following an ND or even an HFD.
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; Becerril, Sara; et al.
Revista: ADIPOBIOLOGY
ISSN 1313-3705  Vol. 2  2010  págs. 9 - 22
Aquaporins (AQPs) are water channels that facilitate a rapid transport of water, across cell membranes. In some cases, these pores are also permeated by small solutes, particularly glycerol. Thirteen aquaporins (AQP0-12) have been identified so far in mammalian tissues. The disruption of the genes encoding aquaporins in transgenic mice has revealed their implication in physiological and pathophysiological processes, including renal water absorption, neural function, digestion, tumour angiogenesis, and reproduction. A subset of aquaporins that transport both water and glycerol, the `aquaglyceroporins¿, regulate glycerol content in epidermal, fat and other tissues, and are involved in skin hydration, fat metabolism and gluconeogenesis. Better understanding of the exact mechanisms and regulation of aquaporins might be useful for designing potential drug targets against different metabolic disorders, such as stroke, glaucoma, brain ooedema, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Autores: Rodríguez, Amaia; Gómez-Ambrosi, J; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: Journal of hypertension
ISSN 0263-6352  Vol. 28  Nº 3  2010  págs. 560 - 567
Objective The gut-derived hormone, ghrelin, improves cardiac function in healthy individuals and patients with chronic heart failure. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the major isoforms of the hormone, acylated and desacyl ghrelin, are related to inappropriate left ventricular mass in patients with the metabolic syndrome (MetS). Methods and results Plasma concentrations of ghrelin forms were measured in 180 white participants (65 normal weight, 60 obese without MetS and 55 obese with MetS; 56% men). MetS was defined according to Adult Treatment Panel III criteria. The presence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) was diagnosed by sex-specific left ventricular mass/height(2.7) cut-off values (> 49.2 g/m(2.7) for men and > 46.7 g/m(2.7) for women). Circulating concentrations of acylated ghrelin were increased in obesity and MetS, whereas desacyl ghrelin levels were decreased. Compared with participants in the lowest tertiles, the age-adjusted and sex-adjusted odds of having MetS were lower in the highest category of desacyl ghrelin (odds ratio 0.1, 95% confidence interval 0.1-0.4, P < 0.001). The prevalence of LVH was increased in the highest tertile of acylated ghrelin (odds ratio 3.4, 95% confidence interval 1.7-5.6, P < 0.05). Plasma acylated ghrelin was increased (P < 0.05) in patients with MetS exhibiting LVH compared with those with appropriate left ventricular mass, whereas plasma desacyl ghrelin was not changed (P = 0.490). Conclusion Acylated ghrelin was positively associated with SBP and left ventricular mass indices, even after correction for BMI. These results suggest that the increased acylated ghrelin concentrations may represent a compensatory mechanism to overcome the development of hypertension and LVH in patients with MetS.
Autores: Sáinz, Neira; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: MEDIATORS OF INFLAMMATION
ISSN 0962-9351  Vol. 2010  2010  págs.  784343
Obese leptin-deficient ob/ob mice exhibit a low-grade chronic inflammation together with a low muscle mass. Our aim was to analyze the changes in muscle expression levels of genes related to oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in leptin deficiency and to identify the effect of in vivo leptin administration. Ob/ob mice were divided in three groups as follows: control ob/ob, leptin-treated ob/ob (1 mg/kg/d) and leptin pair-fed ob/ob mice. Gastrocnemius weight was lower in control ob/ob than in wild type mice (P < .01) exhibiting an increase after leptin treatment compared to control and pair-fed (P < .01) ob/ob animals. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, markers of oxidative stress, were higher in serum (P < .01) and gastrocnemius (P = .05) of control ob/ob than in wild type mice and were significantly decreased (P < .01) by leptin treatment. Leptin deficiency altered the expression of 1,546 genes, while leptin treatment modified the regulation of 1,127 genes with 86 of them being involved in oxidative stress, immune defense and inflammatory response. Leptin administration decreased the high expression of Crybb1, Hspb3, Hspb7, Mt4, Cat, Rbm9, Serpinc1 and Serpinb1a observed in control ob/ob mice, indicating that it improves inflammation and muscle loss
Autores: Becerril, Sara; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, V; et al.
Revista: PLOS ONE
ISSN 1932-6203  Vol. 5  Nº 6  2010  págs. e10962
BACKGROUND: Leptin and nitric oxide (NO) on their own participate in the control of non-shivering thermogenesis. However, the functional interplay between both factors in this process has not been explored so far. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to analyze the impact of the absence of the inducible NO synthase (iNOS) gene in the regulation of energy balance in ob/ob mice. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Double knockout (DBKO) mice simultaneously lacking the ob and iNOS genes were generated, and the expression of molecules involved in the control of brown fat cell function was analyzed by real-time PCR, western-blot and immunohistochemistry. Twelve week-old DBKO mice exhibited reduced body weight (p<0.05), decreased amounts of total fat pads (p<0.05), lower food efficiency rates (p<0.05) and higher rectal temperature (p<0.05) than ob/ob mice. Ablation of iNOS also improved the carbohydrate and lipid metabolism of ob/ob mice. DBKO showed a marked reduction in the size of brown adipocytes compared to ob/ob mutants. In this sense, in comparison to ob/ob mice, DBKO rodents showed an increase in the expression of PR domain containing 16 (Prdm16), a transcriptional regulator of brown adipogenesis. Moreover, iNOS deletion enhanced the expression of mitochondria-related proteins, such as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1 alpha (Pgc-1alpha), sirtuin-1 (Sirt-1) and sirtuin-3 (Sirt-3). Accordingly, mitochondrial uncoupling proteins 1 and 3 (Ucp-1 and Ucp-3) were upregulated in brown adipose tissue (BAT) of DBKO mice as compared to ob/ob rodents. CONCLUSION: Ablation of iNOS improved the energy balance of ob/ob mice by decreasing food efficiency through an increase in thermogenesis. These effects may be mediated, in part, through the recovery of the BAT phenotype and brown fat cell function improvement.

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