Journal article

Zymosan-induced inflammation stimulates neo-adipogenesis

GPL Thomas, K Hemmrich, KM Abberton, D McCombe, AJ Penington, EW Thompson, WA Morrison

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of inflammation to induce new adipose tissue formation in the in vivo environment. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using an established model of in vivo adipogenesis, a silicone chamber containing a Matrigel and fibroblast growth factor 2 (1 microg/ml) matrix was implanted into each groin of an adult male C57Bl6 mouse and vascularized with the inferior epigastric vessels. Sterile inflammation was induced in one of the two chambers by suspending Zymosan-A (ZA) (200-0.02 microg/ml) in the matrix at implantation. Adipose tissue formation was assessed at 6, 8, 12 and 24 weeks. ZA induced significant adipogenesis in an inverse dose-dependent manner (P<0.001). At 6 wee..

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