Disappearance of body fat in normal rats induced by adenovirus-mediated leptin gene therapy

Guoxun Chen, Kazunori Koyama, Xue Yuan, Young H Lee, Yan Ting Zhou, Robert O'Doherty, Christopher B. Newgard, Roger H Unger

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Abstract

Sustained hyperleptinemia of 8 ng/ml was induced for 28 days in normal Wistar rats by infusing a recombinant adenovirus containing the rat leptin cDNA (AdCMV-leptin). Hyperleptinemic rats exhibited a 30-50% reduction in food intake and gained only 22 g over the experimental period versus 115-132 g in control animals that received saline infusions or a recombinant virus containing the β-galactosidase gene (AdCMV-βGal). Body fat was absent in hyperleptinemic rats, whereas control rats pair-fed to the hyperleptinemic rats retained ≃50% body fat. Further, plasma triglycerides and insulin levels were significantly lower in hyperleptinemic versus pair-fed controls, while fatty acid and glucose levels were similar in the two groups, suggestive of enhanced insulin sensitivity in the hyperleptinemic animals. Thus, despite equivalent reductions in food intake and weight gain in hyperleptinemic and pair-fed animals, identifiable fat tissue was completely ablated only in the former group, raising the possibility of a specific lipoatrophic activity for leptin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14795-14799
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume93
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 10 1996

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Leptin
Adenoviridae
Genetic Therapy
Adipose Tissue
Eating
Galactosidases
Weight Gain
Insulin Resistance
Wistar Rats
Triglycerides
Fatty Acids
Complementary DNA
Fats
Insulin
Viruses
Glucose
Genes

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Disappearance of body fat in normal rats induced by adenovirus-mediated leptin gene therapy. / Chen, Guoxun; Koyama, Kazunori; Yuan, Xue; Lee, Young H; Zhou, Yan Ting; O'Doherty, Robert; Newgard, Christopher B.; Unger, Roger H.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 93, No. 25, 10.12.1996, p. 14795-14799.

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Chen, Guoxun ; Koyama, Kazunori ; Yuan, Xue ; Lee, Young H ; Zhou, Yan Ting ; O'Doherty, Robert ; Newgard, Christopher B. ; Unger, Roger H. / Disappearance of body fat in normal rats induced by adenovirus-mediated leptin gene therapy. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 1996 ; Vol. 93, No. 25. pp. 14795-14799.
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