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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Nov;19(11):2121-9. doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.254. Epub 2011 Aug 11.

Large size cells in the visceral adipose depot predict insulin resistance in the canine model.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA. morvarid@usc.edu

Abstract

Adipocyte size plays a key role in the development of insulin resistance. We examined longitudinal changes in adipocyte size and distribution in visceral (VIS) and subcutaneous (SQ) fat during obesity-induced insulin resistance and after treatment with CB-1 receptor antagonist, rimonabant (RIM) in canines. We also examined whether adipocyte size and/or distribution is predictive of insulin resistance. Adipocyte morphology was assessed by direct microscopy and analysis of digital images in previously studied animals 6 weeks after high-fat diet (HFD) and 16 weeks of HFD + placebo (PL; n = 8) or HFD + RIM (1.25 mg/kg/day; n = 11). At 6 weeks, mean adipocyte diameter increased in both depots with a bimodal pattern only in VIS. Sixteen weeks of HFD+PL resulted in four normally distributed cell populations in VIS and a bimodal pattern in SQ. Multilevel mixed-effects linear regression with random-effects model of repeated measures showed that size combined with share of adipocytes >75 µm in VIS only was related to hepatic insulin resistance. VIS adipocytes >75 µm were predictive of whole body and hepatic insulin resistance. In contrast, there was no predictive power of SQ adipocytes >75 µm regarding insulin resistance. RIM prevented the formation of large cells, normalizing to pre-fat status in both depots. The appearance of hypertrophic adipocytes in VIS is a critical predictor of insulin resistance, supporting the deleterious effects of increased VIS adiposity in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance.

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PMC4423825
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