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Dissociation of hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance in mice overexpressing DGAT in the liver

Mara Monetti, Malin C Levin, Matthew J Watt, Mini P Sajan, Stephen Marmor, Brian K Hubbard, Robert D Stevens, James R Bain, Christopher B Newgard, Robert V Farese, Andrea L Hevener, Robert V Farese



Hepatic steatosis, the accumulation of lipids in the liver, is widely believed to result in insulin resistance. To test the causal relationship between hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance, we generated mice that overexpress acyl-CoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase 2 (DGAT2), which catalyzes the final step of triacylglycerol (TG) biosynthesis, in the liver (Liv-DGAT2 mice). Liv-DGAT2 mice developed hepatic steatosis, with increased amounts of TG, diacylglycerol, ceramides, and unsaturated long-chain fatty acyl-CoAs in the liver. However, they had no abnormalities in plasma glucose and insulin levels, glucose and insulin tolerance, rates of glucose infusion and hepatic glucose production d..

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