Angiotensinogen gene expression in adipose tissue: analysis of obese models and hormonal and nutritional control

Am J Physiol. 1997 Jul;273(1 Pt 2):R236-42. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.1997.273.1.R236.


Synthesis of angiotensin II (ANG II) has recently been described in adipose cells and has been linked to regulation of adiposity. Angiotensinogen (AGT), the substrate from which ANG II is formed, was previously shown to be elevated in adipose tissue of obese (ob/ob and db/db) mice and regulated by nutritional manipulation. It is unknown, however, whether overexpression of adipose AGT can be extended to other models of obesity and whether hormonal and/or nutritional factors directly regulate AGT expression in adipocytes. We investigated these possibilities by analyzing AGT mRNA levels in adipose tissue of obese Zucker rats, viable yellow (Avy) mice, and humans and by treating 3T3-L1 adipocytes with insulin, glucose, and a beta-adrenergic agonist. We demonstrate that AGT mRNA is decreased by approximately 50 and 80%, respectively, in adipose tissue of obese vs. lean Zucker rats and Avy mice. We also report that AGT is expressed at variable levels in human adipose tissue. Finally, we show that AGT mRNA is upregulated by insulin and downregulated by beta-adrenergic stimulation in adipocytes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 3T3 Cells
  • Adipocytes / cytology
  • Adipocytes / drug effects
  • Adipocytes / metabolism*
  • Adipose Tissue / drug effects
  • Adipose Tissue / metabolism*
  • Adrenergic beta-Agonists / pharmacology
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Angiotensinogen / biosynthesis*
  • Animals
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation* / drug effects
  • Glucose / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Insulin / pharmacology
  • Isoproterenol / pharmacology
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred A
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Obese
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • Rats
  • Rats, Zucker
  • Transcription, Genetic* / drug effects


  • Adrenergic beta-Agonists
  • Insulin
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Angiotensinogen
  • Glucose
  • Isoproterenol