Enhanced effects of 1,25(OH)"2D"3 plus genistein on adipogenesis and apoptosis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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Objective:To investigate the ability of 1,25(OH)"2D"3 (D) and genistein (G), alone and in combination, to inhibit adipogenesis and induce apoptosis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.Methods and Procedures:3T3-L1 preadipocytes and mature adipocytes were incubated with various concentrations of D and G, alone and in combination, for 48 h. Viability was determined using the Cell Titer 96 Aqueous One Solution Cell Proliferation Assay. Post-confluent preadipocytes were incubated with D and G for up to 6 days during adipogenesis and lipid content was quantified by Nile Red dye; apoptosis was quantified by measurement of single-stranded DNA. Expression of adipocyte-specific proteins and VDR was analyzed by western blotting.Results:Combining D and G did not cause an enhanced effect on cell viability in either preadipocytes or mature adipocytes. In maturing preadipocytes, D at 0.5 nmol/l (D0.5) increased apoptosis by 47 ± 10.25 (P < 0.05) and inhibited lipid accumulation by 28 ± 10 (P < 0.001), while G at 25 mol/l (G25) had no significant effect. However, DG caused an enhanced apoptosis by 136 ± 12.6 (P < 0.001) and enhanced inhibition of lipid accumulation by 82.46 ± 2.95 (P < 0.001). Similarly, D0.5 alone decreased adipose-specific gene 422 (aP2) expression to 34.2 ± 2.3 and increased VDR expression levels by 41.8 ± 11 (P < 0.001), but G25 showed no effect. However, D0.5G25 decreased aP2 expression to 52 ± 4.2 (P < 0.05) and increased VDR expression levels by 131 ± 14.5 (P < 0.0001).Discussion:These findings suggest that combining 1,25(OH)"2D"3 with genistein results in an enhanced inhibition of lipid accumulation and induction of apoptosis in maturing 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. © 2008 The Obesity Society.

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This article was published in Obesity, Volume 16, Issue 3, Pages 539-546.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/oby.2007.90.

Copyright © 2008 NAASO.

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