P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 deficiency is protective against obesity-related insulin resistance

Chikage Sato, Kenichi Shikata, Daisho Hirota, Motofumi Sasaki, Shingo Nishishita, Satoshi Miyamoto, Ryo Kodera, Daisuke Ogawa, Atsuhito Tone, Hitomi Usui Kataoka, Jun Wada, Nobuo Kajitani, Hirofumi Makino

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OBJECTIVE: An inflammatory process is involved in the mechanism of obesity-related insulin resistance. Recent studies indicate that monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a major chemokine that promotes monocyte infiltration into adipose tissues; however, the adhesion pathway in adipose tissues remains unclear. We aimed to clarify the adhesion molecules that mediate monocyte infiltration into adipose tissue. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We used a DNA microarray to compare the gene expression profiles in epididymal white adipose tissues (eWAT) between db/db mice and C57/BL6 mice each fed a high-fat diet (HFD) or a low-fat diet (LFD). We investigated the change of insulin resistance and inflammation in eWAT in P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) homozygous knockout (PSGL-1-/-) mice compared with wild-type (WT) mice fed HFD. RESULTS: DNA microarray analysis revealed that PSGL-1, a major ligand for selectins, is upregulated in eWAT from both db/db mice and WT mice fed HFD. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry showed that PSGL-1 is expressed on both endothelial cells and macrophages in eWAT of obese mice. PSGL-1-/- mice fed HFD showed a remarkable reduction of macrophage accumulation and expression of proinflammatory genes, including MCP-1 in eWAT. Moreover, adipocyte hypertrophy, insulin resistance, lipid metabolism, and hepatic fatty change were improved in PSGL-1-/- mice compared with WT mice fed HFD. CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that PSGL-1 is a crucial adhesion molecule for the recruitment of monocytes into adipose tissues in obese mice, making it a candidate for a novel therapeutic target for the prevention of obesity-related insulin resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-199
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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