Early intracellular events induced by in vivo leptin treatment in mouse skeletal muscle

P. Maroni, P. Bendinelli, R. Piccoletti

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Abstract

Experimental evidence suggests that leptin may exert direct effects on peripheral tissues. In this study we investigated some transductional molecules in skeletal muscle, after intraperitoneal leptin injection in wild-type and ob/ob mice. By immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting with anti-phosphotyrosine antibodies, we observed a modified pattern of phosphotyrosine proteins. We then identified an increase in JAK2, IRS1 and IRS2 tyrosine-phosphorylation and in their association with p85, a subunit of PI3K. The increase in PI3K activity in immunoprecipitated p85 did not reach statistical significance, however, both Akt and GSK3 resulted significantly hyper-phosphorylated. Bad, an Akt substrate involved in cell survival, appeared modified in its phosphorylation. ERK1, ERK2 and p38 MAP kinase phosphorylation significantly increased, even if the latter only in wild-type animals. Finally, by EMSA experiments, we documented that leptin increased the DNA binding capacity of Stat3 homodimers and AP-1. Thus, leptin appears to activate, within minutes, some insulin signalling molecules. Stat3 and AP-1 activation by gene expression remodelling could subsequently trigger more leptin-specific effects. Further, leptin might play a still underestimated role in cell survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-121
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Volume201
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 28 2003

Keywords

  • Leptin
  • Mouse skeletal muscle
  • Protein phosphorylation
  • Signal transduction
  • Transcription factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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