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Depot-specific messenger RNA expression of 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 and leptin in adipose tissue of children and adults
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2007 (English)In: International Journal of Obesity, ISSN 0307-0565, E-ISSN 1476-5497, Vol. 31, no 5, 820-828 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To compare expression of messenger RNA (mRNA) coding for the cortisol regenerating enzyme 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11 beta-HSD1), and the adipocytokines leptin and resistin in paired biopsies of subcutaneous adipose tissue (SC) and omental adipose tissue (OM) from children. Design: Paired biopsies (SC and OM) were obtained from 54 children (age 0.17-16 years, body mass index (BMI) 12.5-28.3 kg/m(2), BMI standard deviation score (SDS) -2.5-4.5) and 16 adults (age 27-79 years, BMI 19-46 kg/m(2)) undergoing open abdominal surgery. mRNA levels of 11 beta-HSD1, leptin and resistin were measured using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Results: 11 beta-HSD1 mRNA level was higher in OM than in SC (P < 0.05), whereas leptin mRNA was higher in SC than in OM (P < 0.001). There was no difference in the resistin mRNA level between SC and OM. These results were consistent in children and adults. In children, 11 beta-HSD1 mRNA in SC was positively associated with BMI SDS (P < 0.05), whereas in OM it was positively associated with age (P < 0.05). The association between 11 beta-HSD1 expression and age remained significant after adjustment for BMI SDS and gender. Leptin mRNA was positively associated with BMI SDS (SC: P < 0.001, OM: P < 0.001) but not with age in children. In multiple regression analyses, including anthropometric variables and age, BMI SDS was independently associated with mRNA levels of 11 beta-HSD1 (P < 0.05) and leptin (P < 0.001) in SC. When normal weight and overweight children were analyzed separately, 11 beta-HSD1 mRNA levels were positively associated with leptin in OM in the overweight group (P < 0.05). Conclusion: There are depot-specific differences in mRNA levels of 11 beta-HSD1 and leptin in children and adults. The positive association of 11 beta-HSD1 mRNA in OM with age may reflect a causal role in visceral fat accumulation during growth. Increasing 11 beta-HSD1 and leptin mRNA in SC with increasing BMI SDS could suggest that the risk of metabolic consequences of obesity may be established early in life.

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2007. Vol. 31, no 5, 820-828 p.
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depot-specific genes, adipose tissue, anthropometrics, childhood
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-144948DOI: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803470ISI: 000245971000013PubMedID: 17060929OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-144948DiVA: diva2:395102
Available from: 2011-02-04 Created: 2011-02-04 Last updated: 2011-02-04Bibliographically approved

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