Globular adiponectin, acting via adiponectin receptor-1, inhibits leptin-stimulated oesophageal adenocarcinoma cell proliferation

Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi, Ian L. P. Beales

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Obesity increases the risk of developing several cancers including oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC). Obesity is characterised by hyperleptinaemia and hypoadiponectinaemia: we have hypothesised that these hormonal factors may contribute to the progression of OAC. We have examined the effects of leptin and adiponectin on proliferation of OAC cells. Leptin-stimulated proliferation in four different OAC lines (OE33, OE19, BIC-1 and FLO) and this was inhibited by globular but not full length adiponectin. All four OAC lines expressed both adiponectin-receptor isoforms (AdipoR1 and AdipoR2). Globular adiponectin also inhibited leptin-induced proliferation in rat IEC-18 cells which only expressed AdipoR1. Specific inhibitors of 5′-AMP-activated protein kinase (Compound C) and serine/threonine phosphatases (okadaic acid) and a specific siRNA to AdipoR1 blocked the anti-proliferative effects of adiponectin. Adiponectin inhibited leptin-induced Akt phosphorylation; this action was sensitive to okadaic acid but not to Compound C. Adiponectin deficiency may contribute to the promotion of OAC in obesity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2008

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