Diabetes Metab J > Volume 30(3); 2006 > Article
Korean Diabetes Journal 2006;30(3):161-169.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4093/jkda.2006.30.3.161    Published online May 1, 2006.
Effects of Caloric Restriction on the Expression of PGC-1 and PPARs mRNA in Liver of Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty Rats.
Sang Yong Kim, Jin Hwa Kim, Hak Yeon Bae, Byoung Rai Lee
1Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Korea.
2Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Korea.
Gluconeogenesis is strongly stimulated during fasting and is aberrantly activated in diabetes mellitus. PPARgamma-coactivator 1 (PGC-1) and Peroxisome proliferator -activated receptors (PPARs) costimulate the expression of key enzymes of gluconeogenetic pathway. This study was performed to evaluate the response to dietary caloric restriction (CR) on the PPARs and PGC-1 expression in liver of diabetic Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats. METHODS: Diabetic OLETF rats (male, 24 weeks) and Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka (LETO) rats (male, 24 weeks) were used in this study. Liver PPARs and PGC-1 mRNA, and blood glucose levels were investigated at 1, 2, and 3 weeks after the beginning of 30% CR. PPARs and PGC-1 mRNA were determined by RT-PCR and blood glucose levels were measured by spectrophotometric assay. RESULTS: The liver PGC-1 mRNA expressions were increased to 19% in non-diabetic LETO rats but significant change was not observed in diabetic OLETF rats by 30% CR. The liver PPARgamma mRNA expressions were not changed in non-diabetic LETO rats but increased to 23% in diabetic OLETF rats by 30% CR. The difference of PPARalpha and PPARbeta mRNA expressions in liver of OLETF and LETO rats were not observed. CONCLUSION: The liver PPARgamma and PGC-1 expression response to CR are altered in OLETF rats compared to in LETO rats. These findings suggested that PPARgamma and PGC-1 expression control system altered in diabetic OLETF rat liver and altered PPARgamma and PCG-1 expression may some roles on the aberrantly activated gluconeogenesis in diabetes mellitus.
Key Words: Caloric restriction, OLETF rats, PGC-1, PPARgamma

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