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Effect of fat-derived hormone adiponectin on pancreatic ß cell function in type 2 diabetes
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posted on 16.01.2017by Rao, Jyothsna Rama
Type 2 diabetes is a growing concern. The World Health Organisation predicts a 114% increase by 2030. Obesity is tightly linked to type 2 diabetes. An increase in adiposity predisposes to type 2 diabetes in which insulin resistance in skeletal muscle,
adipocyte and liver gives rise to hyperinsulinemia, in the early stages of the disease. This is later followed by failure of pancreatic β cells to secrete insulin. The reduction in insulin secretion could be due to a decrease in β cell number or a functional loss.
Adipose tissue is now recognized as an active endocrine organ, secreting
adipokines involved in energy homeostasis. Adiponectin is one of the recently
discovered adipokines but, paradoxically, its levels are decreased in obesity. In
skeletal muscle, adiponectin suppresses triglyceride accumulation and increases fatty
acid oxidation, improving insulin signalling, and it suppresses glucose production in the liver, implicating adiponectin as an insulin sensitiser.
The effects of adiponectin on pancreatic β cells are unclear. The aims of the thesis were to investigate the acute (30 min) and the longer term (24 hr) effect of full-length
adiponectin on Min6 cells, a murine pancreatic β cell line, in a bid to determine
if the hormone improved pancreatic β cell function in conditions of diabetes.
The first study (chapter 3) confirmed the presence of adiponectin receptors
adipoQRl and adipoQR2 in these cells using real time PCR. The mRNA for adipoQRl was 2-fold greater than adipoQR2. Next, we investigated the regulation of gene expression of adipoQ receptors in conditions of high glucose (25mM), high insulin (10nM) and high fat (l-2mM). Our findings suggest that adipoQR1 is upregulated by 25mM glucose whereas adipoQR2 is downregulated. High insulin downregulated both receptors, while high fat upregulated their gene expression.
Exogenous adiponectin upregulated both receptors in high glucose conditions.
Our next study (chapter 4) investigated the effect of adiponectin (2µg/ml) on insulin secretion in basal (3mM) glucose. Acute (30min) application of adiponectin
increased insulin levels in basal glucose (3mM) that was associated with an immediate (within I min) increase in [Ca2⁺]i. These adiponectin-induced increases in insulin and [Ca2⁺]i were comparable with those evoked by high glucose (25mM)stimulation This increase in [Ca2⁺]i was prevented by nifedipine, a blocker of L-type Ca2⁺ channels, and did not occur in Ca2⁺ free solution. The depolarisation required to achieve opening of the L-type Ca2⁺ channels by adiponectin appeared to be via the activation of C1⁻ channels.
Our third study (chapter 5) investigated the effect of adiponectin on AMPK activity in 3mM glucose in 30 min using Western blotting. Adiponectin inhibited the
phosphorylation of AMPK which was comparable with that of 25mM glucose.
Our fourth study (chapter 6) examined the longer term effect of adiponectin on
pancreatic β cell number. Thiazolidinediones are insulin sensitizers and ligands for
peroxisome proliferator-activated γ receptors (PPARγ). PPARγ have been
demonstrated in ~ cells and their activation promotes β cell survival. We hypothesized that adiponectin activates PPARγ in β cells, promoting survival, in 24 hrs. The aims were to investigate the effect of adiponectin on PPARγ message and protein by real-time PCR and western blotting. We also investigated adiponectin's effect on β cell proliferation by quantitating DNA content and examined glucosestimulated insulin secretion and insulin content via PPARγ using ELISA. Our findings showed that adiponectin significantly activated PPARγ message and strongly tended to increase protein. While PPARγ activation caused a significant increase in insulin content, it had no effect on glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Furthermore, adiponectin also increased β cell number significantly, but this effect was not via PPARγ.
In conclusion, our studies reveal the potential role of adiponectin as a novel
therapeutic target in the treatment of diabetes.