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Title: Offspring insulin and adiponectin signaling are targets of in utero programming following exposure to maternal overweight during gestation

item SHANKAR, KARTIK - Arkansas Children'S Nutrition Research Center (ACNC)
item HARRELL, AMANDA - Arkansas Children'S Nutrition Research Center (ACNC)
item KANG, PING - Arkansas Children'S Nutrition Research Center (ACNC)
item ANDRES, ALINE - Arkansas Children'S Nutrition Research Center (ACNC)
item MARECKI, JOHN - Arkansas Children'S Nutrition Research Center (ACNC)
item RONIS, MARTIN - Arkansas Children'S Nutrition Research Center (ACNC)
item Badger, Thomas - Arkansas Children'S Nutrition Research Center (ACNC)

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/30/2009
Publication Date: N/A
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Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The risk of obesity in adult-life is subject to programming during gestation. To examine whether in utero exposure to maternal overweight (OW) increases the risk of obesity in the offspring, we developed an overfeeding-based model of maternal OW in rats utilizing intragastric feeding of diets via total enteral nutrition (TEN). Female rats overfed 15% excess calories/d via TEN for 3 wks prior to conception, develop excessive body-weight gain, adiposity, serum insulin, leptin and insulin resistance. Exposure to maternal OW was limited in utero by cross-fostering pups at birth. While numbers of pups, size and body weights at birth and weaning were not affected by maternal OW, male offspring from OW dams gained remarkably greater (p less than 0.005) body weight and higher %body fat assessed by NMR, X-ray computerized tomography and weights of adipose tissues when fed high fat diet (45% fat calories). Microarray analyses of offspring livers at postnatal day 21 revealed 147 transcripts were significantly (plus/minus 1.8-fold, p less than 0.05) altered by maternal OW. Of these expression of 20 transcripts known to be regulated by SREBP-1, was significantly increased. Expression of SREBP-1 mRNA and 10 other transcripts identified via microarray analyses was confirmed using real-time RT-PCR. Nuclear levels of SREBP-1 and recruitment to promoter binding sites on the FASN promoter was confirmed via TransAM ELISA and chromatin immunoprecipitation analyses, respectively. In addition, microarray analyses and real-time RT-PCR revealed decreased expression of 10 PPAR-alpha regulated genes, including FGF21. FGF21 serum levels were confirmed to be lower using RIA (p less than 0.05) in OW dam offspring. Further, serum levels of total adiponectin (p equal to 0.07) and HMW adiponectin (p < 0.05) were lower in OW dam offspring at weaning. No changes in %fat mass or adiponectin mRNA expression in the adipose tissue was observed. However, hepatic expression of AdipoR1 and R2 were lower in OW dam offspring. Finally, phosphorylation of the adiponectin target in the liver, AMPK (at Thr172) was significantly decreased in livers of OW dam offspring. Our data suggest that maternal OW at conception leads to increased lipogenic gene expression in concert with decreased adiponectin-AMPK signaling in the liver of young offspring. These mechanisms may be critical in determining the increased predisposition of offspring to obesity.