Volume 2013 Supplement 1

7th Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society (APPES) Biennial Scientific Meeting

Open Access

Down-regulation of SOCS3 gene in hypothalamus attenuates diet-induced obesity in young rats

  • Jie Bian1,
  • li Zhang1,
  • xuemei Bai1,
  • Yongli Zhao1 and
  • Zhengjuan Liu1
International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology20132013(Suppl 1):O46

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-9856-2013-S1-O46

Published: 3 October 2013

Aims

Acquired childhood obesity is becoming increasingly apparent with the changes in children`s life-style and eating environment, which become a severe social and medical problem. Our previous studies have found that the leptin concentrations were high in obese children, supporting that leptin resistance is a main mechanism of childhood obesity. The suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3) is a negative-feedback regulator of leptin signaling involved in leptin resistance, therefore suppression of SOCS3 is a potential therapy for leptin-resistance in obesity. In the studies, we investigate whether hypothalamic silencing of SOCS3 would attenuate diet-induced obesity and leptin resistance in young rats.

Methods

We first established hypothalamic SOCS3-deficient rats through lentiviral vector mediated RNA interference technique. The LVs expressing SOCS3-shRNA or control-shRNA were injected bilaterally into the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of five-week-old male rats, then provided a high-fat diet (HFD) to the rats. The body weight was measured weekly. After 8 weeks of the diet, the rats were killed, the serum leptin and insulin concentrations were measured by RIA, and the expressions of SOCS3 in ARC were detected by immunohistochemistry and a real time RT-PCR.

Results

The immunostaining showed that LV-SOCS3-shRNA inhibited SOCS3 protein expression and the RNAi protocol knocked down the expression of SOCS3 mRNA by 49% compared to the controls. The rats with hypothalamic SOCS3 knockdown exhibited significant decrease in body weight gain and lower concentrations of leptin, insulin, glucose and triglyceride when exposed to the HFD.

Conclusion

Our results provide evidence that rats with hypothalamic SOCS3 silencing are significantly protected against development of diet-induced obesity and SOCS3 is a potential target molecule for therapeutic intervention of obesity.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
The Second Hospital Affiliated to Dalian Medical University

Copyright

© Bian et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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