Interleukin-6 regulates the expression of hypothalamic neuropeptides involved in body weight in a gender-dependent way.


:Interleukin (IL)-6 has been involved in the control of body weight and body fat. Nevertheless, the mechanisms underlying these effects are not completely understood because central and peripheral actions of IL-6 are plausible. To gain further insight into the central effects of IL-6, we used transgenic mice expressing the IL-6 gene under the control of the glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) promoter (GFAP-IL-6 mice), therefore with central nervous system-restricted over-expression of IL-6, and we studied the expression of the main neuropeptides responsible for energy homeostasis in specific hypothalamic nuclei. Neuropeptide Y (NPY), agouti-related peptide (AgRP), melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH), prepro-orexin (preproOX) (orexigenic and anabolic neuropeptides), pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) and corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) (anorexigenic and catabolic peptides) mRNA levels were determined using in situ hybridisation in young (2-4 month-old) and old (10-12 month-old) female and male mice under different feeding conditions: normal diet (control) and high-fat diet (HFD), and 24 h-food deprivation. In GFAP-IL-6 females fed a control diet (GFAP-IL-6-control), we showed a significant decrease in NPY and AgRP mRNA levels at all ages, and a late increase in POMC expression (only significant in older animals). These differences were blunted in HFD mice. By contrast, GFAP-IL-6-control males showed a decrease in CRH mRNA content at early ages (2-4 months), and an increase in older mice (10-12 months). Interestingly, these differences were again blunted in HFD mice. Finally, central IL-6 was not able to counteract the effects of 24 h of fasting on body weight, plasma glucose levels and the mRNA content of the peptides evaluated in the present study. Our results demonstrate that IL-6 may regulate the expression of hypothalamic neuropeptides involved in the control of body weight and body fat acting at the central level in a gender- and age-dependent way.


J Neuroendocrinol


Señarís RM,Trujillo ML,Navia B,Comes G,Ferrer B,Giralt M,Hidalgo J




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