The effects of forskolin and rolipram on cAMP, cGMP and free fatty acid levels in diet induced obesity

Biotech Histochem. 2014 Jul;89(5):388-92. doi: 10.3109/10520295.2014.883463. Epub 2014 Feb 13.


Obesity is a major health problem. We investigated the effects of forskolin and rolipram in the diet of animals in which obesity had been induced. We used 50 female albino Wistar rats that were assigned randomly into five groups as follows: group 1, control; group 2, high fat diet; group 3, high fat diet + forskolin; group 4, high fat diet + rolipram; and group 5, high fat diet + rolipram + forskolin. The rats were fed for 10 weeks and rolipram and forskolin were administered during last two weeks. The animals were sacrificed and blood samples were obtained. Serum cAMP, cGMP and free fatty acids (FFA) levels were measured using ELISA assays. We also measured weight gain during the 10 week period. cAMP and FFA levels of groups 3, 4 and 5 were significantly higher than those of groups 1 and 2. We found no significant differences in serum cGMP levels among the groups. The weight gain in groups 3, 4 and 5 was significantly less than for group 2. We also found that the weight gain in group 5 was significantly less than in groups 3 and 4. We found that both forskolin and rolipram stimulated lipolysis and inhibited body weight increase by increasing cAMP levels. Also, combination therapy using the two agents may be more effective in preventing diet induced obesity than either agent alone. We found also that these agents did not effect cellular cGMP levels in diet induced obesity.

Keywords: cAMP; cGMP; diet; fatty acides; forskolin; obesity; rolipram.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Colforsin / pharmacology*
  • Cyclic AMP / metabolism
  • Cyclic GMP / metabolism
  • Diet, High-Fat*
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified / chemistry*
  • Female
  • Lipolysis / drug effects
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • Random Allocation
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Rolipram / pharmacology*
  • Weight Gain / drug effects*


  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified
  • Colforsin
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Cyclic GMP
  • Rolipram