Adipocyte inducible 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase suppresses adipose tissue inflammation and promotes macrophage anti-inflammatory activation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Obesity-associated inflammation in white adipose tissue (WAT) is a causal factor of systemic insulin resistance. To better understand how adipocytes regulate WAT inflammation, the present study generated chimeric mice in which inducible 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase was low, normal, or high in WAT while the expression of 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase/fructose-2,6-bisphosphatase 3 (Pfkfb3) was normal in hematopoietic cells, and analyzed changes in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced WAT inflammation and systemic insulin resistance in the mice. Indicated by proinflammatory signaling and cytokine expression, the severity of HFD-induced WAT inflammation in WTPfkfb3+/- mice, whose Pfkfb3 was disrupted in WAT adipocytes but not hematopoietic cells, was comparable with that in WTWT mice, whose Pfkfb3 was normal in all cells. In contrast, the severity of HFD-induced WAT inflammation in WTAdi-Tg mice, whose Pfkfb3 was over-expressed in WAT adipocytes but not hematopoietic cells, remained much lower than that in WTWT mice. Additionally, HFD-induced insulin resistance was correlated with the status of WAT inflammation and comparable between WTPfkfb3+/- mice and WTWT mice, but was significantly lower in WTAdi-Tg mice than in WTWT mice. In vitro, palmitoleate decreased macrophage phosphorylation states of Jnk p46 and Nfkb p65 and potentiated the effect of interleukin 4 on suppressing macrophage proinflammatory activation. Taken together, these results suggest that the Pfkfb3 in adipocytes functions to suppress WAT inflammation. Moreover, the role played by adipocyte Pfkfb3 is attributable to, at least in part, palmitoleate promotion of macrophage anti-inflammatory activation.

published proceedings

  • J Nutr Biochem

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Xu, H., Zhu, B., Li, H., Jiang, B., Wang, Y., Yin, Q., ... Wu, C.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Xu, Hang||Zhu, Bilian||Li, Honggui||Jiang, Boxiong||Wang, Yina||Yin, Qiongli||Cai, James||Glaser, Shannon||Francis, Heather||Alpini, Gianfranco||Wu, Chaodong

publication date

  • January 2021