Diet-induced Obesity Up-regulates the Abundance of GPR43 and GPR120 in a Tissue Specific Manner

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Cornall, Lauren, Mathai, Michael ORCID: 0000-0001-8783-2122, Hryciw, Deanne H ORCID: 0000-0003-1697-8890 and McAinch, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-8762-4865 (2011) Diet-induced Obesity Up-regulates the Abundance of GPR43 and GPR120 in a Tissue Specific Manner. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, 28 (5). pp. 949-958. ISSN 1421-9778


Background/Aims: GPR43 and GPR120 have recently been deorphanised as receptors for fatty acids. Fatty acids mediate a variety of metabolic processes in the body, however, the effect these receptors have on metabolism is not fully understood. Here, we characterise the effect of diet-induced obesity on the expression of GPR43 and GPR120 in tissues important in maintaining metabolic health. Methods: Six-week old male Sprague Dawley rats were fed either a high fat diet (HFD; 22% fat) or control diet (5% fat; n = 8-9/group) for 12 weeks. Rats were euthanized and the heart, liver, soleus and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) skeletal muscles were excised. GPR43 and GPR120 receptor abundance was quantified by ‘real-time’ PCR. Results: GPR43 mRNA abundance was significantly up-regulated by a HFD in liver and soleus and EDL skeletal muscles compared to control (p ≤ 0.05). Whilst a HFD significantly up-regulated GPR120 gene transcripts in cardiac tissue and EDL skeletal muscle when compare to control (p ≤ 0.05). Conclusion: We have shown for the first time that up-regulation of GPR43 and GPR120 in response to a HFD, is tissue specific. This suggests these receptors have different roles in mediating metabolic function in a number of tissues in the human body.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1159/000335820
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1101 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1116 Medical Physiology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Keywords ResPubID23006, GPR43, GPR120, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart, liver, skeletal muscle, obesity, mRNA
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