Changes in adipose tissue lipolysis gene expression and insulin sensitivity after weight loss

in Endocrine Connections

Correspondence: Monika Karczewska-Kupczewska, Email:

Objective: Insulin resistance is a major pathophysiological link between obesity and its metabolic complications. Weight loss (WL) is an effective tool to prevent obesity-related diseases, however, the mechanisms of an improvement in insulin sensitivity (IS) after weight-reducing interventions are not completely understood. The aim of the present study was to analyze the relationships between IS and adipose tissue (AT) expression of the genes involved in the regulation of lipolysis in obese subjects after WL.

Methods: Fifty two obese subjects underwent weight-reducing dietary intervention program. Control group comprised 20 normal-weight subjects, examined at baseline only. Hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp and subcutaneous AT biopsy with subsequent gene expression analysis were performed before and after the program.

Results: AT expression of genes encoding lipases (PNPLA2, LIPE and MGLL), and lipid-droplet proteins enhancing (ABHD5) and inhibiting lipolysis (PLIN1 and CIDEA) was decreased in obese in comparison with normal-weight individuals. The group of 38 obese participants completed dietary intervention program and clamp studies, which resulted in a significant WL and an improvement in mean IS. However, in 9 subjects from this group IS did not improve in response to WL. AT expression of PNPLA2, LIPE and PLIN1 increased only in the group without IS improvement.

Conclusions: Excessive lipolysis may prevent an improvement in IS during WL. The change in AT PNPLA2 and LIPE expression was a negative predictor of the change in IS after WL.

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