Leptin restores plasma cholesterol, glucose and weight loss induced by IFNα treatment

Ruth Z. Birk, Menachem Rubinstein

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Leptin, an adipokine, a major regulator of food intake, was recently suggested to play a role in immune response. We previously showed that weight reduction following IFNα therapy is due, at least in part, to direct induction of adipose tissue apoptosis. We now studied the effect of leptin on IFNα treated adipocytes in vitro and in vivo. Diet induced obese C57/B6 mice were treated continually with recombinant (r) IFNαA/D + leptin (100 U/g body weight + 10 μg/day, respectably) or leptin (10 μg/day) alone for 8 days. Co-administration of IFNαA/D + leptin significantly reduced plasma cholesterol (P < 0.001), glucose (P < 0.007) and pro-apoptotic protein levels (P < 0.05). Additionally, co-administration prevented loss of body weight due to adipocyte apoptosis. Thus, leptin co-administration with IFNαA/D decreases some of the side effects of IFNα administration such as weight loss, cholesterol and glucose levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-631
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 13 Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Adipocytes
  • Body weight
  • Diet-induce obesity
  • IFNα
  • Leptin


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