Roles of leptin in the recovery of muscle and bone by reloading after mechanical unloading in high fat diet-fed obese mice

Autoři: Naoyuki Kawao aff001;  Masayoshi Ishida aff001;  Hiroshi Kaji aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Physiology and Regenerative Medicine, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine, Osakasayama, Japan aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article


Muscle and bone masses are elevated by the increased mechanical stress associated with body weight gain in obesity. However, the mechanisms by which obesity affects muscle and bone remain unclear. We herein investigated the roles of obesity and humoral factors from adipose tissue in the recovery phase after reloading from disuse-induced muscle wasting and bone loss using normal diet (ND)- or high fat diet (HFD)-fed mice with hindlimb unloading (HU) and subsequent reloading. Obesity did not affect decreases in trabecular bone mineral density (BMD), muscle mass in the lower leg, or grip strength in HU mice. Obesity significantly increased trabecular BMD, muscle mass in the lower leg, and grip strength in reloading mice over those in reloading mice fed ND. Among the humoral factors in epididymal and subcutaneous adipose tissue, leptin mRNA levels were significantly higher in reloading mice fed HFD than in mice fed ND. Moreover, circulating leptin levels were significantly higher in reloading mice fed HFD than in mice fed ND. Leptin mRNA levels in epididymal adipose tissue or serum leptin levels positively correlated with the increases in trabecular BMD, total muscle mass, and grip strength in reloading mice fed ND and HFD. The present study is the first to demonstrate that obesity enhances the recovery of bone and muscle masses as well as strength decreased by disuse after reloading in mice. Leptin may contribute to the recovery of muscle and bone enhanced by obesity in mice.

Klíčová slova:

Adipose tissue – Body weight – Fats – Legs – leptin – Obesity – Skeletal muscles


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