Int J Biol Sci 2016; 12(12):1544-1554. doi:10.7150/ijbs.16612
Signal transduction mechanism for glucagon-induced leptin gene expression in goldfish liver
1. School of stomatology and medicine, Foshan University, Foshan 528000, China.
Leptin is a peripheral satiety hormone that also plays important roles in energy homeostasis in vertebrates ranging from fish to mammals. In teleost fish, however, the regulatory mechanism for leptin gene expression still remains unclear. In this study, we found that glucagon, a key hormone in glucose homeostasis, was effective at elevating the leptin-AI and leptin-AII transcript levels in goldfish liver via both in vivo intraperitoneal injection and in vitro cells incubation approaches. The responses of leptin-AI and leptin-AII mRNA to glucagon treatment were highly comparable. In contrast, blockade of local glucagon action could reduce the basal and induced leptin-AI and leptin-AII mRNA expression. The stimulation of leptin levels by glucagon was caused by the activation of adenylate cyclase (AC)/cyclic-AMP (cAMP)/ protein kinase A (PKA), and probably cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) cascades. Our study described the effect and signal transduction mechanism of glucagon on leptin gene expression in goldfish liver, and may also provide new insight into leptin as a mediator in the regulatory network of energy metabolism in the fish model.
Keywords: leptin, glucagon, gene expression, signal transduction, goldfish.
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Yan Af, Chen T, Chen S, Tang Ds, Liu F, Jiang X, Huang W, Ren Ch, Hu Cq. Signal transduction mechanism for glucagon-induced leptin gene expression in goldfish liver. Int J Biol Sci 2016; 12(12):1544-1554. doi:10.7150/ijbs.16612. Available from http://www.ijbs.com/v12p1544.htm