The lipid-mobilizing effect of atrial natriuretic peptide is unrelated to sympathetic nervous system activation or obesity in young men

J Galitzky, C Sengenès, C Thalamas, M A Marques, J M Senard, M Lafontan, M Berlan
Journal of Lipid Research 2001, 42 (4): 536-44
We recently demonstrated that natriuretic peptides and especially the atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) are powerful lipolytic agents on isolated human fat cells. To search for a possible influence of obesity on ANP responsiveness, we compared the lipolytic effects of human ANP (h-ANP) on isolated subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue (SCAAT) fat cells from young healthy lean and obese men. The lipid-mobilizing effects of an intravenous infusion of h-ANP was studied, as well as various metabolic and cardiovascular parameters that were compared in the same subjects. h-ANP (50 ng/min/kg) was infused iv for 60 min. Microdialysis probes were inserted in SCAAT to measure modifications of the extracellular glycerol concentrations during h-ANP infusion. Spectral analysis of blood pressure and heart rate oscillations that were recorded using digital photoplethysmography were used to assess changes in autonomic nervous system activity. h-ANP induced a marked and similar increase in glycerol and nonesterified fatty acids, and a weak increase in insulin plasma levels in lean and obese men. Plasma norepinephrine concentrations rose similarly during h-ANP infusion in lean and obese men. The effects of h-ANP infusion on the autonomic nervous system were similar in both groups, with an increase in the spectral energy of the low-frequency band of systolic blood pressure variability and a decrease in the spectral energy of the high-frequency band of heart rate. In SCAAT, h-ANP infusion increased extracellular glycerol concentration and decreased blood flow similarly in both groups. The increase in extracellular glycerol observed during h-ANP infusion was not modified when 0.1 mM propranolol was added to the microdialysis probe perfusate to prevent beta-adrenoceptor activation. These data show that ANP is a potent lipolytic hormone independent of the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, and that obesity did not modify the lipid-mobilizing effect of ANP in young obese subjects.

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