NPC1 haploinsufficiency promotes weight gain and metabolic features associated with insulin resistance

David Jelinek, Veronica Millward, Amandip Birdi, Theodore P. Trouard, Randall A. Heidenreich, William S. Garver

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Abstract

A recent population-based genome-wide association study has revealed that the Niemann-Pick C1 (NPC1) gene is associated with early-onset and morbid adult obesity. Concurrently, our candidate gene-based mouse growth study performed using the BALB/cJ NPC1 mouse model (Npc1) with decreased Npc1 gene dosage independently supported these results by suggesting an Npc1 gene-diet interaction in relation to early-onset weight gain. To further investigate the Npc1 gene in relation to weight gain and metabolic features associated with insulin resistance, we interbred BALB/cJ Npc1 +/- mice with wild-type C57BL/6J mice, the latter mouse strain commonly used to study aspects of diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance. This breeding produced a hybrid (BALB/cJ-C57BL/6J) Npc1 +/- mouse model with increased susceptibility to weight gain and insulin resistance. The results from our study indicated that these Npc1 +/- mice were susceptible to increased weight gain characterized by increased whole body and abdominal adiposity, adipocyte hypertrophy and hepatic steatosis in the absence of hyperphagia. Moreover, these Npc1 +/- mice developed abnormal metabolic features characterized by impaired fasting glucose, glucose intolerance, hyperinsulinemia, hyperleptinemia and dyslipidemia marked by an increased concentration of cholesterol and triacylglycerol associated with low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein. The overall results are consistent with a unique Npc1 gene-diet interaction that promotes both weight gain and metabolic features associated with insulin resistance. Therefore, the NPC1 gene now represents a previously unrecognized gene involved in maintaining energy and metabolic homeostasis that will contribute to our understanding concerning the current global epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberddq466
Pages (from-to)312-321
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Molecular Genetics
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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Haploinsufficiency
Weight Gain
Insulin Resistance
Genes
Diet
Obesity
Hyperphagia
Glucose Intolerance
Gene Dosage
Morbid Obesity
Genome-Wide Association Study
Adiposity
Hyperinsulinism
HDL Lipoproteins
Dyslipidemias
Inbred C57BL Mouse
LDL Lipoproteins
Adipocytes
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Hypertrophy

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  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Molecular Biology

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NPC1 haploinsufficiency promotes weight gain and metabolic features associated with insulin resistance. / Jelinek, David; Millward, Veronica; Birdi, Amandip; Trouard, Theodore P.; Heidenreich, Randall A.; Garver, William S.

In: Human Molecular Genetics, Vol. 20, No. 2, ddq466, 01.2011, p. 312-321.

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Jelinek, David ; Millward, Veronica ; Birdi, Amandip ; Trouard, Theodore P. ; Heidenreich, Randall A. ; Garver, William S. / NPC1 haploinsufficiency promotes weight gain and metabolic features associated with insulin resistance. In: Human Molecular Genetics. 2011 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 312-321.
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