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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology; Program in Molecular Medicine

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Adiposity; Adrenal Glands; Animals; Antigens, CD14; Body Weight; Dietary Fats; Fasting; Fatty Acids; Glucose; Glucose Tolerance Test; *Homeostasis; Humans; Hypoglycemia; Insulin; Lipids; Lipopolysaccharides; Macrophages, Peritoneal; Mice; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Mice, Knockout; Signal Transduction


Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


The toll-like receptors comprise one of the most conserved components of the innate immune system, signaling the presence of molecules of microbial origin. It has been proposed that signaling through TLR4, which requires CD14 to recognize bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), may generate low-grade inflammation and thereby affect insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. To examine the long-term influence of partial innate immune signaling disruption on glucose homeostasis, we analyzed knockout mice deficient in CD14 backcrossed into the diabetes-prone C57BL6 background at 6 or 12 months of age. CD14-ko mice, fed either normal or high-fat diets, displayed significant glucose intolerance compared to wild type controls. They also displayed elevated norepinephrine urinary excretion and increased adrenal medullary volume, as well as an enhanced norepinephrine secretory response to insulin-induced hypoglycemia. These results point out a previously unappreciated crosstalk between innate immune- and sympathoadrenal- systems, which exerts a major long-term effect on glucose homeostasis.

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Copyright: © 2012 Young et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Young JL, Mora A, Cerny A, Czech MP, Woda B, et al. (2012) CD14 Deficiency Impacts Glucose Homeostasis in Mice through Altered Adrenal Tone. PLoS ONE 7(1): e29688. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029688. Link to article on publisher's site

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