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Microarray analysis of gene expression in human adipocytes and adipose tissue

Doctoral thesis
Authors Margareta Jernås
Date of public defense 2008-02-29
ISBN 978-91-628-7412-4
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Language en
Links hdl.handle.net/2077/9583
Keywords obesity, adipose tissue, insulin resistance, serum amyloid A, NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1, Zinc-alpha2 glycoprotein, cell death-inducing DFFA-like effector A, DNA microarray
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences

Abstract

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide and is associated with several serious conditions such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. Adipose tissue exerts important endocrine and immune functions through the release of adipokines. Adipokines are involved in the regulation of adipose tissue metabolism and associated with alterations in insulin resistance. The aim of this thesis was to identify genes, expressed in adipose tissue and adipocytes, that may contribute to insulin resistance and metabolic diseases related to obesity. Enlarged adipocytes are associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. A technique to separate human adipocytes from an adipose tissue biopsy into populations of small and large adipocytes was developed and the expression profiles of the populations were compared. This showed that serum amyloid A (SAA) and NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) were higher expressed in large versus small adipocytes. The expression of both SAA and NQO1 correlated to adipocyte size. SAA has been implicated in inflamma-tion and insulin resistance and NQO1 is known to be involved in oxidative stress suggesting that these findings may provide novel insights into the connection between hypertrophic obesity and insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes. SAA, NQO1 and also the cell death-inducing DFFA-like effector A (CIDE-A) were predominantly expressed in human adipocytes as compared to a panel of 32 other human tissues and cell types. During diet-induced weight loss in obese subjects, adipose tissue expression of NQO1 was reduced and CIDE-A was elevated. NQO1 expression correlated to measures of adiposity, insulin and the markers of liver dysfunction, AST and ALT. These findings indicate a role for NQO1 in the metabolic complications of human obesity. CIDE-A expression was inversely associated with basal metabolic rate independently of body composition, age, and gender. These data suggest that human CIDE-A plays a role in adipose tissue energy balance. Adipokines may play a key role in the rapid development of insulin resistance during critical illness. We identified gene expression changes in human adi-pose tissue in subjects with subarachnoidal hemorrhage during intensive care. Zinc-alpha2-glycoprotein (ZAG) was the only adipokine that was increased in adipose tissue during critical illness, and this increase was accom-panied by elevated plasma ZAG levels. Plasma levels of SAA and CRP were increased and adiponectin levels decreased of during intensive care. In summary, gene expression profiling of human adipocytes and adipose tissue during different conditions suggest that SAA, NQO1, CIDE-A and ZAG may be implicated in human obesity-related metabolic disease. During intensive care, increased plasma levels of ZAG, SAA, and CRP together with decreased levels of adiponectin may be involved in the decrease in insulin sensitivity.

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