Non-Primate Monocytes - CD14, CD16 - Ziegler-Heitbrock


Modulation of Gr1low monocyte subset impacts insulin sensitivity and weight gain upon high-fat diet in female mice.


BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Blood monocytes are expanded during obesity. However, the differential contribution of monocyte subsets in obesity-related metabolic disorders remains unknown. The aim of the study was to define the role of the Gr1low monocyte subset upon high-fat diet (HFD). METHODS: We used transgenic female mouse models allowing the modulation of circulating Gr1low monocyte number (decreased number in CX3CR1-/- mice and increased number in CD11c-hBcl2 mice) and studied obesity upon HFD. RESULTS: We reported here that HFD induced monocytosis in mice, preferentially due to Gr1low monocyte expansion, and was associated with a specific upregulation of CD11c on that subset. Using mice models with altered Gr1low monocyte number, we found a striking correlation between Gr1low monocytes, bodyweight (BW) and insulin resistance (RT) status. Indeed, CX3CR1-/- female mice, with reduced Gr1low monocytes upon HFD, showed increased RT and a pro-inflammatory profile of the adipose tissue (AT) despite a lower BW. Conversely, mice expressing the anti-apoptotic gene hBcl2 in CD11c-expressing cells have increased Gr1low monocytes, higher insulin sensitivity upon HFD and an anti-inflammatory profile of the AT. Finally, increasing Gr1low monocytes in Gr1low-defective CX3CR1-/- mice rescued BW loss in these mice. CONCLUSIONS: By using transgenic female mice and adoptive transfer experiments, we established the evidence for a correlation between Gr1low monocyte subset and weight gain and RT. Hence, this specific Gr1low monocyte subset could be used as a target for acting on AT inflammation and RT.

Authors: BĂ©liard S, Le Goff W, Saint-Charles F, Poupel L, Deswaerte V, Bouchareychas L, Huby T, Lesnik P
Journal: Int J Obes(Lond); 2017 Dec; 41(12) 1805-1814. doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.179
Year: 2017
PubMed: PMID: 28769122 (Go to PubMed)