Dual Roles of Adiponectin / Acrp30 In Vivo as an Anti-Diabetic and Anti- Atherogenic Adipokine

Author(s): Toshimasa Yamauchi, Kazuo Hara, Naoto Kubota, Yasuo Terauchi, Kazuyuki Tobe, Philippe Froguel, Ryozo Nagai, Takashi Kadowaki

Journal Name: Current Drug Targets - Immune, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
Continued as Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets

Volume 3 , Issue 4 , 2003


Genome-wide scanning is a powerful tool to identify susceptible chromosome loci, however, individual chromosomal regions still have many candidate genes. Although cDNA microarray analysis provides valuable information for identifying genes involved in pathogenesis, expression levels of many genes are changed. A novel approach for identification of therapeutic targets is the combination of genome-wide scanning and the use of DNA chips, as shown in Fig. (1). Using DNA chips, we screened for secreted molecules, the expressions of which were changed in adipose tissues from mice rendered insulin resistance. Decreased expression of one of these molecules, adiponectin / Acrp30, correlates strongly with insulin resistance. Interestingly, recent genomewide scans have mapped a susceptibility locus for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome to chromosome 3q27, where adiponectin gene is located. Decreasing serum adiponectin levels are associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, adiponectin was decreased in insulin resistant rodent models both of obesity and lipoatrophy, and replenishment of adiponectin ameliorated their insulin resistance. Moreover, adiponectin transgenic mice ameliorated insulin resistance and diabetes Adiponectin knockout mice showed insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. In muscle and liver, adiponectin activated AMP kinase and PPARα pathways thereby increasing β- oxidation of lipids, leading to decreased TG content, which ameliorated insulin resistance under a high-fat diet. Despite similar plasma glucose and lipid levels on an apoE deficient background, adiponectin transgenic apoE deficient mice showed amelioration of atherosclerosis, which was associated with decreased expressions of class A scavenger receptor and tumor necrosis factor α. Finally, cDNA encoding adiponectin receptors (AdipoR1 and R2) have been identified by expression cloning, which facilitates the understanding of molecular mechanisms of adiponectin actions and obesity-linked diseases such as diabetes and atherosclerosis and the designing of novel antidiabetic and anti-atherogenic drugs with AdipoR1 and R2 as molecular targets.

Keywords: genome-wide scan, dna chips, adiponectin, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, obesity

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Year: 2003
Page: [243 - 253]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/1568005310303040243
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