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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BONE METABOLISM IN OBESITY Title: Soy protein isolates prevent loss of bone quantity associated with obesity in rats through regulation of insulin signaling in osteoblasts

Authors
item Chen, Jin-Ran -
item Zhang, Jian -
item Laranko, Oxana -
item Cao, Jay
item Blackburn, Michael -
item Badger, Thomas -
item Ronis, Martin -

Submitted to: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 1, 2013
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Repository URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/58060
Citation: Chen, J., Zhang, J., Laranko, O.P., Cao, J.J., Blackburn, M.L., Badger, T.M., Ronis, M.J. 2013. Soy protein isolates prevent loss of bone quantity associated with obesity in rats through regulation of insulin signaling in osteoblasts. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference. 27(9):3514-3523.

Interpretive Summary: High-fat diet during postnatal life is known to result in global energy unbalance, obesity and insulin resistance. In this study, we show that rats fed a high-fat containing Western diet (WD) for 6 weeks start from post natal day 21 display obesity, significant increase in bone marrow adiposity, insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance. Supplementation of soy protein isolates (SPI) ameliorates all these effects of WD in male rats. SPI supplementation inhibited WD-induced impairment of bone acquisition by de-acceleration of senescence, increased undercarboxylated osteocalcin secretion and JNK/IRS1/Akt insulin signaling in osteoblasts. SPI decreased non-esterified free fatty acid (NEFA) level in rats fed WD. An isoflavone mixture increases osteoblast proliferation, blocks activation of p21/p53 and senescence associated beta-galactosidase senescence pathway and insulin resistance by NEFA. Our results suggest that SPI diet affect body composition and decreased bone acquisition by WD through inhibition of accelerated osteoblastic cell senescence, increasing secretion of osteocalcin and insulin signaling in bone.

Technical Abstract: In both rodents and humans, excessive consumption of a typical Western diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol is known to result in disruption of energy metabolism and development of obesity and insulin resistance. However, how these high-fat, energy-dense diets affect bone development, morphology, and modeling is poorly understood. Here we show that male weanling rats fed a high-fat (HF) diet containing 45% fat and 0.5% cholesterol made with casein (HF-Cas) for 6 wk displayed a significant increase in bone marrow adiposity and insulin resistance. Substitution of casein with soy protein isolate (SPI) in the HF diet (HF-SPI) prevented these effects. Maintenance of bone quantity in the SPI-fed rats was associated with increased undercarboxylated osteocalcin secretion and altered JNK/IRS1/Akt insulin signaling in osteoblasts. The HF-Cas group had ignificantly greater serum nonesterified free fatty acid (NEFA) concentrations than controls, whereas the HF-SPI prevented this increase. In vitro treatment of osteoblasts or mesenchymal stromal ST2 cells with NEFAs significantly decreased insulin signaling. An isoflavone mixture similar to that found in serum of HF-SPI rats significantly increased in vitro osteoblast proliferation and blocked significantly reduced NEFA-induced insulin resistance. Finally, insulin/IGF1 was able to increase both osteoblast activity and differentiation in a set of in vitro studies. These results suggest that high-fat feeding may disrupt bone development and modeling; high concentrations of NEFAs and insulin resistance occurring with high fat intake are mediators of reduced osteoblast activity and differentiation; diets high in soy protein may help prevent high dietary fat-induced bone impairments; and the molecular mechanisms underlying the SPI-protective effects involve isoflavone-induced normalization of insulin signaling in bone.

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