Confirmation of Hypoglycemia in Goat -/- Mice When Total Body Fat Falls below 2% of Body Weight




Singh, Ashish

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Ghrelin is an octanoylated peptide hormone first identified in stomach, with the octanoyl group being essential to its biological activity. The enzyme that attaches the octanoyl group to ghrelin is called Ghrelin-Oacyltransferase (GOAT). By studying mice that have the GOAT gene knocked out (GOAT KO mice), we have shown that these mice develop severe hypoglycemia under a 60% calorie restricted diet. In order for this hypoglycemia to occur, depletion of fat deposits is required. Specifically, GOAT knockout mice will not develop severe hypoglycemia until the total fat mass drops to 2% of the total body weight. These observations were made in 8-week-old mice with an average starting fat mass between 8-10% of total body weight. In our present work, we wanted to know whether we could reproduce the results using older mice with a higher percentage of fat mass. The mice used in this study were 32-34 week old male mice (wild type and GOAT knockout mice, n=8/group), and both groups had an average starting fat mass of 17% of total body weight. We then subjected these mice to a 60% calorie restriction and monitored their fat mass and blood glucose level everyone or two days. For the first 7 days of calorie restriction, both wild type and GOAT knockout mice were able to maintain their blood glucose around 60 mg/dl. After that, the GOAT knockout mice start to develop hypoglycemia when their body fat mass dropped below 2% of the body weight. However, the wild type mice were able to maintain their blood glucose level above 40 mg/dl throughout the course even when their fat mass dropped below 2% of their body weight. The results here further confirm that in order to develop hypoglycemia in the GOAT knockout mice, the fat mass needs to be depleted from these mice during calorie restriction , even in older mice (32-34 weeks versus 8 weeks).

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The 51st Annual Medical Student Research Forum at UT Southwestern Medical Center (Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 3-6 p.m., D1.602)

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Singh, A., Goldstein, J. L., Zhao, T., & Brown, M. S. (2013, January 22). Confirmation of hypoglycemia in goat -/- mice when total body fat falls below 2% of body weight. Poster session presented at the 51st Annual Medical Student Research Forum, Dallas, TX. Retrieved from

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