Enhanced adiponectin multimer ratio and skeletal muscle adiponectin receptor expression following exercise training and diet in older insulin-resistant adults

Valerie B. O'Leary, Ashley E. Jorett, Christine M. Marchetti, Frank Gonzalez, Susan A. Phillips, Theodore P. Ciaraldi, John P. Kirwan

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Circulating adiponectin is reduced in disorders associated with insulin resistance. This study was conducted to determine whether an exercise/diet intervention would alter adiponectin multimer distribution and adiponectin receptor expression in skeletal muscle. Impaired glucose-tolerant older (>60 yr) obese (BMI 30-40 kg/m2) men (n = 7) and women (n = 14) were randomly assigned to 12 wk of supervised aerobic exercise combined with either a hypocaloric (ExHypo, ∼500 kcal reduction, n = 11) or eucaloric diet (ExEu, n = 10). Insulin sensitivity was determined by the euglycemic (5.0 mM) hyperinsulinemic (40 mU·m-2·min-1) clamp. Adiponectin multimers [high (HMW), middle (MMW), and low molecular weight (LMW)] were measured by nondenaturing Western blot analysis. Relative quantification of adiponectin receptor expression through RT-PCR was determined from skeletal muscle biopsy samples. Greater weight loss occurred in ExHypo compared with ExEu subjects (8.0 ± 0.6 vs. 3.2 ± 0.6%, P < 0.0001). Insulin sensitivity improved postintervention in both groups (ExHypo: 2.5 ± 0.3 vs. 4.4 ± 0.5 mg·kg FFM-1·min-1, and ExEu: 2.9 ± 0.4 vs. 4.1 ± 0.4 mg·kg FFM -1·min-1, P < 0.0001). Comparison of multimer isoforms revealed a decreased percentage in MMW relative to HMW and LMW (P < 0.03). The adiponectin SA ratio (HMW/total) was increased following both interventions (P < 0.05) and correlated with the percent change in insulin sensitivity (P < 0.03). Postintervention adiponectin receptor mRNA expression was also significantly increased (AdipoR1 P < 0.03, AdipoR2 P < 0.02). These data suggest that part of the improvement in insulin sensitivity following exercise and diet may be due to changes in the adiponectin oligomeric distribution and enhanced membrane receptor expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E421-E427
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007



  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Gene expression
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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