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Mol Nutr Food Res. 2018 Nov;62(21):e1800463. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201800463. Epub 2018 Aug 24.

Programming of the Beige Phenotype in White Adipose Tissue of Adult Mice by Mild Resveratrol and Nicotinamide Riboside Supplementations in Early Postnatal Life.

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Grup de Recerca Nutrigenòmica i Obesitat, Laboratori de Biologia Molecular, Nutrició i Biotecnologia (LBNB), Universitat de les Illes Balears, CIBER de Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBERobn), Institut d'Investigació Sanitària Illes Balears (IdISBa), Palma de Mallorca, Spain.



Resveratrol (RSV) and nicotinamide riboside (NR) are food compounds with anti-obesity actions in adult rodents. Here, the long-term effects of RSV and NR mild supplementation throughout lactation on adiposity-related parameters and the appearance of the beige phenotype in white adipose tissue (WAT) in adulthood are assessed.


Newborn mice received orally RSV or NR from day 2 to 20 of life. Control littermates received the vehicle. All animals are weaned onto a chow diet on day 21. On day 90, half the animals of each group are assigned to a high-fat diet (HFD) for 10 weeks, while the other remained on a normal-fat diet. Energy-balance-related parameters, blood parameters, and gene expression and immunohistochemical analysis of WAT are assessed. Treated male mice show an improved response to the HFD, such as delayed body weight gain, a blunted increase in the plasma leptin/adiponectin ratio, and a decreased lipolytic response, together with signs of white-to-brown fat remodeling in inguinal WAT. These effects are absent in female mice.


RSV and NR supplementations in early postnatal life affect WAT's thermogenic/oxidative transcriptional phenotype and metabolic responses in adulthood, with upregulatory and beneficial effects evidenced in male animals.


adipose tissue; metabolic programming; nicotinamide riboside; resveratrol

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