Loss of body fat in lean parabiotic partners of ob/ob mice

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The objective of this experiment was to confirm whether changes in serum leptin and leptin expression were consistent with it being the 'lipostatic' factor implicated by earlier parabiosis studies. Lean (+/?) and obese (ob/ob) female C57B1/6J-ob mice were parabiosed (lean-ob/ob) at 7 wk of age. Controls were ob/ob-ob/ob and lean-lean pairs, and single lean and ob/ob mice. Pairs were maintained for 50 days. In ob/ob members of lean- ob/ob pairs serum insulin was normalized, food intake was suppressed, and body fat was reduced by 14%. Lean partners of ob/ob mice had a reduced rectal temperature and experienced a 37% reduction in body fat. Despite loss of fat, serum leptin and adipose leptin mRNA expression were unchanged in lean partners of ob/ob mice. These results suggest that, in lean-ob/ob parabiotic pairs, the ob/ob mouse responds to leptin originating in the lean parabiont, whereas the lean partner responds to a circulating signal, originating in the ob/ob mouse, that maintains leptin expression at inappropriate levels for the degree of adiposity of the lean animal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R1809-R1815
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Volume272
Issue number6 41-6
StatePublished - Aug 2 1997

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Leptin
Adipose Tissue
Parabiosis
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Adiposity
Eating
Fats
Insulin
Messenger RNA
Temperature

Keywords

  • Leptin
  • Parabiosis

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  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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Loss of body fat in lean parabiotic partners of ob/ob mice. / Harris, Ruth B.S.

In: American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, Vol. 272, No. 6 41-6, 02.08.1997, p. R1809-R1815.

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