Endothelial adenosine kinase deficiency ameliorates diet-induced insulin resistance

Jiean Xu, Qiuhua Yang, Xiaoyu Zhang, Zhiping Liu, Yapeng Cao, Lina Wang, Yaqi Zhou, Xianqiu Zeng, Qian Ma, Yiming Xu, Yong Wang, Lei Huang, Zhen Han, Tao Wang, David Stepp, Zsolt Bagi, Chaodong Wu, Mei Hong, Yuqing Huo

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Abstract

Insulin resistance-related disorders are associated with endothelial dysfunction. Accumulating evidence has suggested a role for adenosine signaling in the regulation of endothelial function. Here, we identified a crucial role of endothelial adenosine kinase (ADK) in the regulation of insulin resistance. Feeding mice with a high-fat diet (HFD) markedly enhanced the expression of endothelial Adk. Ablation of endothelial Adk in HFD-fed mice improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and decreased hepatic steatosis, adipose inflammation and adiposity, which were associated with improved arteriole vasodilation, decreased inflammation and increased adipose angiogenesis. Mechanistically, ADK inhibition or knockdown in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) elevated intracellular adenosine level and increased endothelial nitric oxide synthase (NOS3) activity, resulting in an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production. Antagonism of adenosine receptor A2b abolished ADK-knockdown-enhanced NOS3 expression in HUVECs. Additionally, increased phosphorylation of NOS3 in ADK-knockdown HUVECs was regulated by an adenosine receptor-independent mechanism. These data suggest that Adk-deficiency-elevated intracellular adenosine in endothelial cells ameliorates diet-induced insulin resistance and metabolic disorders, and this is associated with an enhancement of NO production caused by increased NOS3 expression and activation. Therefore, ADK is a potential target for the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders associated with insulin resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of endocrinology
Volume242
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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Keywords

  • adenosine kinase
  • endothelium
  • insulin resistance
  • nitric oxide
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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Xu, J., Yang, Q., Zhang, X., Liu, Z., Cao, Y., Wang, L., Zhou, Y., Zeng, X., Ma, Q., Xu, Y., Wang, Y., Huang, L., Han, Z., Wang, T., Stepp, D., Bagi, Z., Wu, C., Hong, M., & Huo, Y. (2019). Endothelial adenosine kinase deficiency ameliorates diet-induced insulin resistance. The Journal of endocrinology, 242(2), 159-172. https://doi.org/10.1530/JOE-19-0126