Management of metabolic syndrome and reduction in body weight in type II diabetic mice by inhibiting glycosphingolipid synthesis

Subroto Chatterjee, Lucy Zheng, Sijia Ma, Djahida Bedja, Veera Venkata Ratnam Bandaru, Grace Kim, Alexa B. Rangecroft, Domenica Iocco, Sean A. Campbell

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Metabolic syndrome is defined by hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular complications. We have examined whether inhibition of glycosphingolipid synthesis can interfere with metabolic syndrome in a male mouse model of type II diabetes (db/db). The db/db and control mice (C57/BL6) (n = 6) fed chow for 30 weeks received vehicle (5% Tween-80 in PBS; 100 μl), or a biopolymer-encapsulated D-threo-1-phenyl-2-decanoylamino-3-morpholino-1-propanol (BPD) glycosphingolipid synthesis inhibitor daily via oral gavage for 6 weeks. Echocardiography revealed increased Ao-IMT in db/db mice compared to control. However, BPD decreased Ao-IMT, monohexosylceramide and dihexosylceramide, LDL, triglycerides, glucose, and raised HDL levels in db/db mice. This was due to increased gene expression of HMG-CoA reductase, LDLr, SREBP2, and bile acids: Cy7-a hydroxylase, LXR and FXR, lipoprotein lipase, VLDL receptor and PPAR. Treatment also increased the expression of superoxide dismutase-II to reduce the pro-oxidant status in these mice. We observed that decreased cholesterol levels correlated with decreased cholesterol sensing proteins e.g. NPC1 gene/protein expression and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTORC-1) and reduced body weight. Thus, glycosphingolipid synthesis inhibition is a novel approach to manage metabolic syndrome and reduce body weight in diabetic mice and with potential applications in humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-461
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 30 2020


  • Glycosphingolipids
  • Lactosylceramide
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Type II diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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