Obesity enhances the recruitment of mesenchymal stem cell to visceral adipose tissue

in Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
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  • 1 A Assis-Ferreira, Biologia Celular, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2 R Saldanha-Gama, Biologia Celular, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 3 N de Brito, Biologia Celular, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 4 M Renovato-Martins, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil
  • 5 R Simões, Biologia Celular, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 6 C Barja-Fidalgo, Biologia Celular, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 7 S Vargas da Silva, Biologia Celular, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 20551030, Brazil

Correspondence: Simone Vargas da Silva, Email: simonevargasdasilva@gmail.com

In obesity, high levels of TNF-α in the bone marrow microenvironment induces the bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) towards a pro-adipogenic phenotype. Here, we investigated the effect of obesity on the migratory potential of BM-MSCs and their fate towards the adipose tissues. BM-MSCs were isolated from male C57Bl/06 mice with high-fat diet-induced obesity. The migratory potential of the BM-MSCs, their presence in the subcutaneous (SAT) and the visceral adipose tissues (VAT), and the possible mechanisms involved were investigated. Obesity did not affect MSC content in the bone marrow but increased the frequency of MSCs in blood, SAT, and VAT. In these animals, the SAT adipocytes presented a larger area, without any changes in adipokine production or the SDF-1α gene expression. In contrast, in VAT, obesity increased leptin and IL-10 levels but did not modify the size of the adipocytes. The BM-MSCs from obese animals presented increased spontaneous migratory activity. Despite the augmented expression of CXCR4, these cells exhibited decreased migratory response toward SDF-1α, compared to that of BM-MSCs from lean mice. The PI3K-AKT pathway activation seems to mediate the migration of BM-MSCs from lean mice, but not from obese mice. Additionally, we observed an increase in the spontaneous migration of BM-MSCs from lean mice when they were co-cultured with BM-HCs from obese animals, suggesting a paracrine effect. We concluded that obesity increased the migratory potential of the BM-MSCs and induced their accumulation in VAT, which may represent an adaptive mechanism in response to chronic nutrient overload.

 

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