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Levy, E. H.1; Seidman, E. G.2; Zoltowska, M.1; Delvin, E.3; Sinnett, D.2; Kalman, R.4; Ziv, E.4

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: June 2004 - Volume 39 - Issue - p S36-S37
ABSTRACTS: Oral Presentation Abstracts

1Nutrition,2Pediatrics,3Biochemistry, Centre de Recherche, Hôpital Ste-Justine, Montréal, Canada,4Diabetes Unit, Division of Internal Medicine, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

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Introduction: The occurrence of nutrition-induced insulin resistance and diabetes in the sand rat Psammomys obesus animal model mimics that of human populations emerging from a food-scarce environment into nutritional affluence inappropriate for human metabolic capacity. Recently, we demonstrated that the development of an insulin-resistant/diabetic state in Psammomys obesus triggers the whole intra-enterocyte machinery,leading to lipoprotein assembly and favoring the intestinal oversecretion of apo B-48-containing lipoproteins during fat feeding.

Methods: The aim of the present study was to examine whether the small intestine can increase triglyceride-rich lipoprotein secretion under fasting and insulin resistance conditions. Studies were carried out on normoglycemic-normoinsulinemic animals as well as normoglycemic-hyperinsulinemic and hyperglycemic-hyperinsulinemic animals.

Results: Acute elevation of long-chain fatty acids following the infusion of intralipid and heparin enhanced free fatty acid influx through the basolateral membrane of the enterocyte in insulin-resistant, compared to normal animals (p<0.05). This resulted in the overproduction of apo B-48, lipid esterification and TG-rich lipoprotein synthesis (p<0.05). Concomitant with the raised lipogenesis observed in the insulin-resistant animals, there was an elevation of lipogenic enzymes, including malic enzymes, fatty acid synthase and acetyl-CoA carboxylase. Improved insulin sensitivity in Psammomys obesus rats by treatment with rosiglitazone, a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma agonist and insulin sensitizer, tended to normalize most of lipid aberrations.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that decreased insulin sensitivity of the small intestine may contribute to hyperlipidemia that characterizes insulin-resistant and diabetic animals.

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