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Differential Expression of Adipocyte-Related Molecules in the Distal Epididymal Fat of Mouse during Postnatal Period

발생과생식 2019년 23권 3호 p.213 ~ 221
 ( Lee Ki-Ho ) - Eulji University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 ( Kim Nan-Hee ) - Eulji University College of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


The epididymal fat of mouse is a part of visceral fat deposit and is divided into the distal or proximal part based on its histochemical characteristics. Even though the formation of the epididymal fat pad begins before the birth, a de?tailed adipogenic procedure of the epididymal fat has not been revealed. The epididymal fat pad becomes enlarged and ex?pended with age, and expressional changes of numerous genes are associated with the maturation of fat tissues. In the present research, expressional patterns of adipose tissue-related genes in the distal epididymal fat of mouse at 2, 5, 8, and 12 months of postnatal age were determined by a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis. The lowest transcript levels of fatty acid binding protein 4 (Fabp4), lipoprotein lipase (Lpl), delta like non-canonical Notch ligand 1 (Dlk1), peroxi?some proliferator-activated receptor gamma (Pparg), leptin (Lep), adiponectin (Adipoq), and resistin (Retn) were detected at 2 months of age, except fatty acid synthase (Fasn) showing the lowest level at 5 months of age. Even though expression of Lep and Fabp4 were gradually increased until 12 months of age, significant increases of Pparg and Adipoq transcript levels were continued until 8 months of age. The transcript levels of Lpl, Rent, Dlk1, and Fasn were significantly increased at 8 months of age, compared with those at 2 months of age. The current findings suggest that the expansion of the distal epididymal fat of mouse during postnatal period would be companied with differential expression of various adipocyte-associated molecules


Distal epididymal fat; Gene expression; Adipose tissue; Postnatal developmen
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