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J Neuroendocrinol. 2015 Apr;27(4):293-302. doi: 10.1111/jne.12266.

Phosphodiesterase-3B-cAMP pathway of leptin signalling in the hypothalamus is impaired during the development of diet-induced obesity in FVB/N mice.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Abstract

The phosphodiesterase-3B (PDE3B)-cAMP pathway plays an important role in transducing the action of leptin in the hypothalamus. Obesity is usually associated with hyperleptinaemia and resistance to anorectic and body weight-reducing effects of leptin. To determine whether the hypothalamic PDE3B-cAMP pathway of leptin signalling is impaired during the development of diet-induced obesity (DIO), we fed male FVB/N mice a high-fat diet (HFD: 58% kcal as fat) or low-fat diet (LFD: 6% kcal as fat) for 4 weeks. HFD fed mice developed DIO in association with hyperphagia, hyperleptinaemia and hyperinsulinaemia. Leptin (i.p.) significantly increased hypothalamic PDE3B activity and phosphorylated (p)-Akt levels in LFD-fed but not in HFD-fed mice. However, basal p-Akt levels in hypothalamus were increased in DIO mice. Additionally, amongst six-microdissected brain nuclei examined, leptin selectively decreased cAMP levels in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of LFD-fed mice but failed to do so in HFD-fed mice. We next tested whether both the PBE3B and Akt pathways of leptin signalling remained impaired in DIO mice on the HFD for 12 weeks (long-term). DIO mice were hyperinsulinaemic and hyperleptinaemic in association with impaired glucose and insulin tolerance. Although, in LFD-fed mice, leptin significantly increased PDE3B activity and p-Akt levels in the hypothalamus, it failed to do so in HFD-fed mice. Also, basal p-Akt levels in the hypothalamus were increased in DIO mice and leptin had no further effect. Similarly, immunocytochemistry showed that leptin increased the number of p-Akt-positive cells in the ARC of LFD-fed but not in HFD-fed mice, and there was an increased basal number of p-Akt positive cells in the ARC of DIO mice. These results suggest that the PDE3B-cAMP- and Akt-pathways of leptin signalling in the hypothalamus are impaired during the development of DIO. Thus, a defect in the regulation by leptin of the hypothalamic PDE3B-cAMP pathway and Akt signalling may be one of the mechanisms of central leptin resistance and the development of DIO.

KEYWORDS:

PDE3B; SOCS3; cAMP; hypothalamus; leptin; leptin resistance; p-Akt

PMID:
25702569
DOI:
10.1111/jne.12266
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