Horm Metab Res 2010; 42(5): 340-347
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1248251
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10-Day Hyperlipidemic Clamp in Cats: Effects on Insulin Sensitivity, Inflammation, and Glucose Metabolism-related Genes

E. Zini1 , M. Osto2 , D. Konrad3 , M. Franchini4 , N. S. Sieber-Ruckstuhl1 , K. Kaufmann1 , F. Guscetti5 , M. Ackermann4 , T. A. Lutz2 , C. E. Reusch1
  • 1Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 3Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology, University Children's Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 4Institute of Virology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 5Institute of Veterinary Pathology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
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Publication History

received 13.10.2009

accepted 18.01.2010

Publication Date:
16 February 2010 (online)


Obesity and hyperlipidemia are associated with impaired insulin sensitivity in human type 2 diabetes mellitus, possibly due to activation of a mild inflammatory response. Because obesity-induced insulin resistance predisposes cats to diabetes and because hyperlipidemia is a frequent concurrent finding, excess lipids may also impair insulin sensitivity in cats. Healthy cats (n=6) were infused with lipids (LipovenoesR 10%) for 10 days to clamp blood triglycerides at the approximate concentration of untreated feline diabetes (3–7 mmol/l). Controls received saline (n=5). On day 10, plasma adiponectin and proinflammatory markers were measured. Whole-body insulin sensitivity was calculated following an intravenous glucose tolerance test. Tissue mRNAs of glucose metabolism-related genes were quantified in subcutaneous and visceral fat, liver, and skeletal muscles. Accumulation of lipids was assessed in liver. At the termination of infusion, whole-body insulin sensitivity did not differ between groups. Compared to saline, cats infused with lipids had 50% higher plasma adiponectin and 2–3 times higher α1-acid glycoprotein and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1. Unexpectedly, lipid-infused cats had increased glucose transporter-4 (GLUT4) mRNA in the visceral fat, and increased peroxisome proliferative activated receptor-γ2 (PPARγ2) in subcutaneous fat; adiponectin expression was not affected in any tissue. Lipid-infused cats developed hepatic steatosis. Although hyperlipidemia induced systemic inflammation, whole-body insulin sensitivity was not impaired after 10 day infusion. Increased circulating adiponectin may have contributed to prevent insulin resistance, possibly by increasing GLUT4 and PPARγ2 transcripts in fat depots.



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