Regulation of lipoprotein lipase in primary cultures of isolated human adipocytes

P. A. Kern, S. Marshall, R. H. Eckel

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To study the regulation of adipose tissue lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in human adipocytes, omental adipose tissue was obained from healthy subjects and digested in collagenase. The isolated adipocytes thus obtained were suspended in Medium 199 and cultured at 37°C. Cell viability was demonstrated in adipocytes cultured for up to 72 h by constancy of cell number, cell size, trypan-blue exclusion, and specific 125I-insulin binding. In addition, chloroquine induced an increase in cell-associated 125I-insulin at 24, 48, and 72 h after preparation. Thus, isolated adipocytes retained their ability to bind, internalize, and degrade insulin. LPL was measured as activity secreted into the culture medium (CM), released from cells by heparin (HR), and extracted from cell digests. A broad range of heparin concentrations produced a prompt release of LPL from a rapidly replenishable pool of cellular activity. When cells were cultured in medium containing 10% fetal bovine serum, there was a marked stimulation of CM and HR. The secretory response to serum (CM) correlated strongly with HR 24 h after preparation (r(s) = 0.731, P < 0.001). In addition, HR was found to correlate logarithmically and inversely with body mass index (r = -0.731, P < 0.001). Insulin, at 400 ng/ml only, increased HR by 36 ± 10%, an effect simulated by lower concentrations of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1). Thus, LPL is produced and regulated in isolated human adipocytes. The degree of adiposity and serum are important regulators of HR activity, whereas insulin is stimulatory only at a pharmacologic concentration. This effect of insulin may be mediated through the IGF1 receptor. Isolated human adipocytes represent a novel and useful system for the study of LPL and lipid metabolism as well as for other aspects of adipocyte biology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

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