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Propionic acid affects immune status and metabolism in adipose tissue from overweight subjects.
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PMID:  21913915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Eur J Clin Invest 2011 ABSTRACT: Background  Adipose tissue is a primary site of obesity-induced inflammation, which is emerging as an important contributor to obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Dietary fibre consumption appears to be protective. Short-chain fatty acids, e.g. propionic acid, are the principal products of the colonic fermentation of dietary fibre and may have beneficial effects on adipose tissue inflammation. Materials and methods  Human omental adipose tissue explants were obtained from overweight (mean BMI 28·8) gynaecological patients who underwent surgery. Explants were incubated for 24 h with propionic acid. Human THP-1 monocytic cells were differentiated to macrophages and incubated with LPS in the presence and absence of propionic acid. Cytokine and chemokine production were determined by multiplex-ELISA, and mRNA expression of metabolic and macrophages genes was determined by RT-PCR. Results  Treatment of adipose tissue explants with propionic acid results in a significant down-regulation of several inflammatory cytokines and chemokines such as TNF-α and CCL5. In addition, expression of lipoprotein lipase and GLUT4, associated with lipogenesis and glucose uptake, respectively, increased. Similar effects on cytokine and chemokine production by macrophages were observed. Conclusion  We show that propionic acid, normally produced in the colon, may have a direct beneficial effect on visceral adipose tissue, reducing obesity-associated inflammation and increasing lipogenesis and glucose uptake. Effects on adipose tissue as a whole are at least partially explained by effects on macrophages but likely also adipocytes are involved. This suggests that, in vivo, propionic acid and dietary fibres may have potential in preventing obesity-related inflammation and associated diseases.
Sa'ad Al-Lahham; Han Roelofsen; Farhad Rezaee; Desiree Weening; Annemieke Hoek; Roel Vonk; Koen Venema
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical investigation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2362     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-9-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0245331     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Invest     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 The Authors. European Journal of Clinical Investigation © 2011 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation.
Top Institute Food and Nutrition, Wageningen, The Netherlands Centre for Medical Biomics, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands TNO Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences, Research group Pharmacokinetics & Human Studies, Zeist, The Netherlands.
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