Abnormalities in myo-inositol metabolism associated with type 2 diabetes in mice fed a high-fat diet: benefits of a dietary myo-inositol supplementation

Br J Nutr. 2015 Jun 28;113(12):1862-75. doi: 10.1017/S000711451500121X. Epub 2015 May 20.


We previously reported that a chronic supplementation with myo-inositol (MI) improved insulin sensitivity and reduced fat accretion in mice. We then tested the potency of such dietary intervention in the prevention of insulin resistance in C57BL/6 male mouse fed a high-fat diet (HFD). In addition, some abnormalities in inositol metabolism were reported to be associated with insulin resistance in several animal and human studies. We then investigated the presence of such anomalies (i.e. inosituria and an inositol intra-tissue depletion) in this diet-induced obesity (DIO) mouse model, as well as the potential benefit of a MI supplementation for inositol intra-tissue deficiency correction. HFD (60 % energy from fat) feeding was associated with inosituria and inositol intra-tissue depletion in the liver and kidneys. MI supplementation (0·58 mg/g per d) restored inositol pools in kidneys (partially) and liver (fully). HFD feeding for 4 months induced ectopic lipid redistribution to liver and muscles, fasting hyperglycaemia and hyperinsulinaemia, insulin resistance and obesity that were not prevented by MI supplementation, despite a significant improvement in insulin sensitivity parameter K insulin tolerance test and a reduction in white adipose tissue (WAT) mass ( - 17 %, P< 0·05). MI supplementation significantly reduced fatty acid synthase activity in epididymal WAT, which might explain its beneficial, but modest, effect on WAT accretion in HFD-fed mice. Finally, we found some abnormalities in inositol metabolism in association with a diabetic phenotype (i.e. insulin resistance and fasting hyperglycaemia) in a DIO mouse model. Dietary MI supplementation was efficient in the prevention of inositol intra-tissue depletion, but did not prevent insulin resistance or obesity efficiently in this mouse model.

Keywords: myo-Inositol; Diabetes; High-fat diet; Inosituria; Insulin resistance; Obesity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipokines / blood
  • Adipose Tissue, White / enzymology
  • Adipose Tissue, White / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / metabolism*
  • Diet, High-Fat*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Fatty Acid Synthases / metabolism
  • Hyperglycemia / metabolism
  • Inositol / administration & dosage*
  • Inositol / analysis
  • Inositol / deficiency
  • Inositol / metabolism*
  • Inositol / urine
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Kidney / chemistry
  • Lipid Metabolism / drug effects
  • Liver / chemistry
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Obesity / prevention & control


  • Adipokines
  • Inositol
  • Fatty Acid Synthases