Bone marrow plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 influences the development of obesity

Bart M. De Taeye, Tatiana Novitskaya, Linda Gleaves, Joseph W. Covington, Douglas E. Vaughan*

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Plasma levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) are elevated in obesity and correlate with body mass index. The increase in PAI-1 associated with obesity likely contributes to increased cardiovascular risk and may predict the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Although adipocytes are capable of synthesizing PAI-1, the bulk of evidence indicates that cells residing in the stromal fraction of visceral fat are the primary source of PAI-1. We hypothesized that bone marrow-derived PAI-1, e.g. derived from macrophages located in visceral fat, contributes to the development of diet-induced obesity. To test this hypothesis, male C57BL/6 wild-type mice and C57BL/6 PAI-1 deficient mice were transplanted with either PAI-1-/-, PAI-1 +/-, or PAI-1+/+ bone marrow. The transplanted animals were subsequently fed a high fat diet for 24 weeks. Our findings show that only the complete absence of PAI-1 protects from the development of diet-induced obesity, whereas the absence of bone marrow-derived PAI-1 protects against expansion of the visceral fat mass. Remarkably, there is a link between the PAI-1 levels, the degree of inflammation in adipose tissue, and the development of obesity. Based on these findings we suggest that bone marrow-derived PAI-1 has an effect on the development of obesity through its effect on inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32796-32805
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number43
StatePublished - Oct 27 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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