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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(12), 2566;

Lipopolysaccharide Modifies Glycerol Permeability and Metabolism in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

Laboratory of Pathophysiological and Nutritional Biochemistry, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1070 Brussels, Belgium
Department of Biosciences, Biotechnologies and Biopharmaceutics, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70125 Bari, Italy
These authors equally contributed to this work.
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Received: 28 September 2017 / Revised: 9 November 2017 / Accepted: 25 November 2017 / Published: 29 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aquaporins: Water Channels Essential for Living Organisms)
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Aquaglyceroporins—aquaporin membrane channels (AQP) that conduct glycerol and other small neutral solutes in addition to water—play major roles in obesity. In adipocytes, aquaglyceroporins mediate glycerol uptake and release across the plasma membrane, which are two key steps for triacylglycerols (TAGs) synthesis (lipogenesis) and hydrolysis (lipolysis). The aim of this study was to assess both glycerol permeability and metabolism in undifferentiated 3T3-L1 cells (UDCs) as well as in untreated (CTL-DCs) versus lipopolysaccharide (LPS-DCs)-treated differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Glycerol release, TAGs content and whole membrane glycerol permeability were significantly increased in DCs as compared to UDCs. Moreover, in DCs, LPS treatment significantly increased TAGs content and decreased glycerol permeability. In addition, a significant reduction in whole membrane glycerol permeability was observed in LPS-DCs as compared to CTL-DCs. The relative contributions of AQP3, AQP7 and AQP9 (facilitated diffusion), as well as that of the phospholipid bilayer (simple diffusion), to the whole membrane glycerol permeability, were estimated biophysically in UDCs, CTL-DCs and LPS-DCs, using selective AQP inhibitors. Further studies will be required to determine if modifications in either subcellular localization and/or activity of aquaglyceroporins could account for the data herein. Nevertheless, our findings provide novel insights in understanding the LPS-induced adipocyte hypertrophy that accompanies obesity. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; glycerol; triacylglycerols; aquaglyceroporins; membrane permeability; adipocytes obesity; glycerol; triacylglycerols; aquaglyceroporins; membrane permeability; adipocytes

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Chiadak, J.D.; Gena, P.; Gregoire, F.; Bolaky, N.; Delforge, V.; Perret, J.; Calamita, G.; Delporte, C. Lipopolysaccharide Modifies Glycerol Permeability and Metabolism in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2566.

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