Proteomic analysis for antiobesity potential of capsaicin on white adipose tissue in rats fed with a high fat diet

J Proteome Res. 2010 Jun 4;9(6):2977-87. doi: 10.1021/pr901175w.


It is well recognized that capsaicin increases thermogenesis through enhancement of catecholamine secretion from the adrenal medulla. In the present study of the antiobesity effect of capsaicin, rats (5-week old) received capsaicin (10 mg/kg) along with a high-fat diet (HFD). In comparison with saline-treated rats, body weight of those in the capsaicin-treated group decreased by 8%. We performed differential proteomic analysis using two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) combined with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry to elucidate the molecular action of capsaicin on the antiobesity effect in epididymal white adipose tissue (WAT). Protein mapping of WAT homogenates using 2-DE revealed significant alterations to a number of proteins: 10 spots were significantly up-regulated and 10 spots were remarkably down-regulated in HFD fed rats treated with capsaicin. Among them, significant down-regulation of heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27) and Steap3 protein, as well as up-regulation of olfactory receptor (Olr1434) in obese WAT was reported for the first time in association with obesity. Most of the identified proteins are associated with lipid metabolism and redox regulation, in which levels of vimentin, peroxiredoxin, and NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) were significantly reduced (>2-fold), whereas aldo-keto reductase, flavoprotein increased with capsaicin treatment. These data demonstrate that thermogenesis and lipid metabolism related proteins were markedly altered upon capsaicin treatment in WAT, suggesting that capsaicin may be a useful phytochemical for attenuation of obesity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue, White / chemistry
  • Adipose Tissue, White / metabolism*
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Capsaicin / pharmacology*
  • Dietary Fats / administration & dosage*
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • Fatty Acids / metabolism
  • Gene Expression / drug effects
  • Male
  • Obesity
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Proteome / drug effects*
  • Proteome / metabolism
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Thermogenesis
  • Weight Gain / drug effects


  • Dietary Fats
  • Fatty Acids
  • Proteome
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Capsaicin