Resveratrol and White Adipose Tissue Regulation

Byron's Comments:

Resveratrol is yet another nutrient that directly regulates the metabolism of your fat cells in an anti-obesity direction.

Study Title:

Resveratrol regulates human adipocyte number and function in a Sirt1-dependent manner

Study Abstract:

Background: Caloric restriction leads to retardation of the aging processes and to longer life in many organisms. This effect of caloric restriction can be mimicked by resveratrol, a natural plant product present in grapes and red wine, which is known as a potent activator of sirtuin 1 [silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1 (Sirt1)].

Objectives: One main effect of caloric restriction in mammals is a reduction of body fat from white adipose tissue. We sought to identify the effects of resveratrol on fat cell biology and to elucidate whether Sirt1 is involved in resveratrol-mediated changes.

Design: Human Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome preadipocytes and adipocytes were used to study proliferation, adipogenic differentiation, glucose uptake, de novo lipogenesis, and adipokine secretion. Sirt1-deficient human preadipocytes were generated by using a lentiviral small hairpin RNA system to study the role of Sirt1 in resveratrol-mediated changes.

Results: Resveratrol inhibited preadipocyte proliferation and adipogenic differentiation in a Sirt1-dependent manner. In human adipocytes, resveratrol stimulated basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake. De novo lipogenesis was inhibited in parallel with a down-regulation of lipogenic gene expression. Furthermore, resveratrol down-regulated the expression and secretion of interleukin-6 and interleukin-8. Sirt1 was only partially responsible for the regulation of resveratrol-mediated changes in adipokine secretion.

Conclusions: Taken together, our data suggest that resveratrol influences adipose tissue mass and function in a way that may positively interfere with the development of obesity-related comorbidities. Thus, our findings open up the new perspective that resveratrol-induced intracellular pathways could be a target for prevention or treatment of obesity-associated endocrine and metabolic adverse effects.

Study Information:

Pamela Fischer-Posovszky, Vera Kukulus, Daniel Tews, Thomas Unterkircher, Klaus-Michael Debatin, Simone Fulda and Martin Wabitsch  Resveratrol regulates human adipocyte number and function in a Sirt1-dependent manner Am J Clin Nutr 2010 July 92: 5-15, 2010.
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany.

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