Jennifer Portas

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Myostatin (Mstn) is a secreted growth factor expressed in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue that negatively regulates skeletal muscle mass. Mstn(-/-) mice have a dramatic increase in muscle mass, reduction in fat mass, and resistance to diet-induced and genetic obesity. To determine how Mstn deletion causes reduced adiposity and resistance to obesity, we(More)
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of thiazolidinediones on the MKR mouse model of type 2 diabetes. Six-week-old wild-type (WT) and MKR mice were fed with or without rosiglitazone or pioglitazone for 3 weeks. Blood was collected from the tail vein for serum biochemistry analysis. Hyperinsulinaemic–euglycaemic clamp analysis was performed to(More)
Lipodystrophies are characterized by a loss of white adipose tissue, which causes ectopic lipid deposition, peripheral insulin resistance, reduced adipokine levels, and increased food intake (hyperphagia). The growth factor myostatin (MSTN) negatively regulates skeletal muscle growth, and mice with MSTN inhibition have reduced adiposity and improved insulin(More)
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), or insulin dependent DM, is accompanied by decreased muscle mass. The growth factor myostatin (MSTN) is a negative regulator of muscle growth, and a loss of MSTN signaling has been shown to increase muscle mass and prevent the development of obesity, insulin resistance and lipodystrophic diabetes in mice. The effects of MSTN(More)
The growth factor myostatin (MSTN) negatively regulates skeletal muscle mass. Mstn gene deletion in mice causes increased muscle mass, reduced adiposity and resistance to genetic or diet-induced obesity (DIO). Pharmacologic MSTN inhibition in mice also causes increased muscle mass and resistance to DIO. To test whether MSTN inhibition causes weight loss in(More)
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