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J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2011 Jan;57(1):103-13. doi: 10.1097/FJC.0b013e31820014f9.

Intracerebroventricular leptin administration differentially alters cardiac energy metabolism in mice fed a low-fat and high-fat diet.

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Cardiovascular Research Centre, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Leptin directly acts on peripheral tissues and alters energy metabolism in obese mice. It also has acute beneficial effects on these tissues via its hypothalamic action. However, it is not clear what effect chronic intracerebroventrical (ICV) leptin administration has on cardiac energy metabolism. We examined the effects of chronic ICV leptin on glucose and fatty acid metabolism in isolated working hearts from high-fat-fed and low-fat-fed mice. Mice were fed a high-fat (60% calories from fat) or low-fat (10% calories from fat) diet for 8 weeks before ICV leptin (5 [mu]g/d) for 7 days. In low-fat-fed mice, leptin increased glucose oxidation rates in isolated working hearts when compared with control [203 +/- 21 vs. 793 +/- 93 nmol[middle dot](g dry weight)-1[middle dot]min-1]. In high-fat-fed mice leptin inhibited fatty acid oxidation [476 +/- 73 vs. 251 +/- 38 nmol[middle dot](g[middle dot]dry[middle dot]wt)-1[middle dot]min-1]. The increase in glucose oxidation in low-fat-fed mice was accompanied by increased pyruvate dehydrogenase activity. In high-fat-fed mice, leptin increased cardiac malonyl coenzyme A levels, secondary to a decrease in malonyl coenzyme A decarboxylase expression. These results suggest that ICV leptin alters cardiac energy metabolism opposite to its peripheral effects and that these effects differ depending on energy substrate supply to the mice.

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