Dual CCR2/5 Antagonist Attenuates Obesity-Induced Insulin Resistance by Regulating Macrophage Recruitment and M1/M2 Status

Ji Hye Huh, Hong Min Kim, Eun Soo Lee, Mi Hye Kwon, Bo Ra Lee, Hyun Jeong Ko, Choon Hee Chung

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Objective: Adipose tissue inflammation induced by macrophage infiltration through the C-C motif chemokine receptor (CCR) 2 or CCR5 pathway has a pivotal role in obesity-related disease and insulin resistance. Here, the effect of PF4178903, a dual CCR2/CCR5 antagonist, on obesity and insulin resistance was evaluated. Methods: Forty male C57BL/6J mice were divided into four groups as follows: (1) regular diet (RD), (2) RD with PF4178903, (3) high-fat diet (HFD), and (4) HFD with PF4178903. All mice were sacrificed 12 weeks after the beginning of the experiment. Biochemical analyses and adipose tissue examinations were performed. Results: After treatment with PF4178903, both body weight and adipocyte size in white adipose tissue were decreased in HFD-fed mice. Furthermore, PF4178903 treatment reduced adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) and lowered serum proinflammatory cytokines in HFD-fed mice. PF4178903 treatment significantly improved HFD-induced insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis revealed that PF4178903 treatment reduced the CD8 + T cell fraction in white adipose tissue of HFD-fed mice. PF4178903 treatment reduced M1-polarized macrophages while inducing an M2-dominant shift in macrophages within white adipose tissue in HFD-fed mice. Conclusions: Dual CCR2/CCR5 antagonism ameliorates insulin resistance and inflammation in obesity by regulating ATM recruitment and polarization in white adipose tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-386
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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