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Serotonin (5-HT) affects expression of liver metabolic enzymes and mammary gland glucose transporters during the transition from pregnancy to lactation.

Laporta J, Peters TL, Merriman KE, Vezina CM, Hernandez LL - PLoS ONE (2013)

Bottom Line: The aim of this experiment was to demonstrate the ability of feeding serotonin (5-HT; 5-hydroxytryptamine) precursors to increase 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation and the effects this has on maternal energy metabolism in the liver and mammary gland.Feeding 5-HTP resulted in increased mRNA expression of key gluconeogenic and glycolytic enzymes in liver and glucose transporters 1 and 8 (GLUT-1, -8) in the mammary gland.Our results suggest that increasing 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation increases mRNA expression of enzymes involved in energy metabolism in the liver, and mRNA abundance and distribution of glucose transporters within the mammary gland.

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Affiliation: Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America.

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The aim of this experiment was to demonstrate the ability of feeding serotonin (5-HT; 5-hydroxytryptamine) precursors to increase 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation and the effects this has on maternal energy metabolism in the liver and mammary gland. Pregnant rats (n = 45) were fed one of three diets: I) control (CON), II) CON supplemented with 0.2% 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) or III) CON supplemented with 1.35% L-tryptophan (L-TRP), beginning on d13 of pregnancy through d9 of lactation (d9). Serum (pre and post-partum), milk (daily), liver and mammary gland tissue (d9) were collected. Serum 5-HT was increased in the 5-HTP fed dams beginning on d20 of gestation and remained elevated through d9, while it was only increased on d9 in the L-TRP fed dams. 5-HT levels were increased in mammary gland and liver of both groups. Additionally, 5-HTP fed dams had serum and milk glucose levels similar to the CON, while L-TRP had decreased serum (d9) and milk glucose (all dates evaluated). Feeding 5-HTP resulted in increased mRNA expression of key gluconeogenic and glycolytic enzymes in liver and glucose transporters 1 and 8 (GLUT-1, -8) in the mammary gland. We demonstrated the location of GLUT-8 in the mammary gland both in the epithelial and vascular endothelial cells. Finally, phosphorylated 5' AMP-activated protein kinase (pAMPK), a known regulator of intracellular energy status, was elevated in mammary glands of 5-HTP fed dams. Our results suggest that increasing 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation increases mRNA expression of enzymes involved in energy metabolism in the liver, and mRNA abundance and distribution of glucose transporters within the mammary gland. This suggests the possibility that 5-HT may be involved in regulating energy metabolism during the transition from pregnancy to lactation.

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AMPK activation is increased in mammary glands of dams.Western blot analysis of mammary glands collected on d9 of lactation from dams fed CON, 5-HTP, and L-TRP diets. (A) Representative western blots for pAMPK, total AMPK and β-actin (n = 8 per group) (B). Two asterisks (**) indicates statistical significance at P<0.01.
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pone-0057847-g006: AMPK activation is increased in mammary glands of dams.Western blot analysis of mammary glands collected on d9 of lactation from dams fed CON, 5-HTP, and L-TRP diets. (A) Representative western blots for pAMPK, total AMPK and β-actin (n = 8 per group) (B). Two asterisks (**) indicates statistical significance at P<0.01.

Mentions: AMPK is a known regulator of intracellular energy status, as well as uptake and metabolism of glucose in the mammary gland [29]–[30]. Therefore, we evaluated AMPK activation in the mammary gland in response to feeding dams supplemental 5-HTP and L-TRP. We assessed pAMPK activation by probing the (pAMPK/β-actin)/(tAMPK/β-actin) ratio using western blot analysis. 5-HTP animals had significantly increased pAMPK compared to CON and L-TRP animals (P = 0.0017, Figure 6 a, b). Expression of t-AMPK and β-actin remained constant between the 3 groups (Figure 6a).


Serotonin (5-HT) affects expression of liver metabolic enzymes and mammary gland glucose transporters during the transition from pregnancy to lactation.

Laporta J, Peters TL, Merriman KE, Vezina CM, Hernandez LL - PLoS ONE (2013)

AMPK activation is increased in mammary glands of dams.Western blot analysis of mammary glands collected on d9 of lactation from dams fed CON, 5-HTP, and L-TRP diets. (A) Representative western blots for pAMPK, total AMPK and β-actin (n = 8 per group) (B). Two asterisks (**) indicates statistical significance at P<0.01.
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pone-0057847-g006: AMPK activation is increased in mammary glands of dams.Western blot analysis of mammary glands collected on d9 of lactation from dams fed CON, 5-HTP, and L-TRP diets. (A) Representative western blots for pAMPK, total AMPK and β-actin (n = 8 per group) (B). Two asterisks (**) indicates statistical significance at P<0.01.
Mentions: AMPK is a known regulator of intracellular energy status, as well as uptake and metabolism of glucose in the mammary gland [29]–[30]. Therefore, we evaluated AMPK activation in the mammary gland in response to feeding dams supplemental 5-HTP and L-TRP. We assessed pAMPK activation by probing the (pAMPK/β-actin)/(tAMPK/β-actin) ratio using western blot analysis. 5-HTP animals had significantly increased pAMPK compared to CON and L-TRP animals (P = 0.0017, Figure 6 a, b). Expression of t-AMPK and β-actin remained constant between the 3 groups (Figure 6a).

Bottom Line: The aim of this experiment was to demonstrate the ability of feeding serotonin (5-HT; 5-hydroxytryptamine) precursors to increase 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation and the effects this has on maternal energy metabolism in the liver and mammary gland.Feeding 5-HTP resulted in increased mRNA expression of key gluconeogenic and glycolytic enzymes in liver and glucose transporters 1 and 8 (GLUT-1, -8) in the mammary gland.Our results suggest that increasing 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation increases mRNA expression of enzymes involved in energy metabolism in the liver, and mRNA abundance and distribution of glucose transporters within the mammary gland.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
The aim of this experiment was to demonstrate the ability of feeding serotonin (5-HT; 5-hydroxytryptamine) precursors to increase 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation and the effects this has on maternal energy metabolism in the liver and mammary gland. Pregnant rats (n = 45) were fed one of three diets: I) control (CON), II) CON supplemented with 0.2% 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) or III) CON supplemented with 1.35% L-tryptophan (L-TRP), beginning on d13 of pregnancy through d9 of lactation (d9). Serum (pre and post-partum), milk (daily), liver and mammary gland tissue (d9) were collected. Serum 5-HT was increased in the 5-HTP fed dams beginning on d20 of gestation and remained elevated through d9, while it was only increased on d9 in the L-TRP fed dams. 5-HT levels were increased in mammary gland and liver of both groups. Additionally, 5-HTP fed dams had serum and milk glucose levels similar to the CON, while L-TRP had decreased serum (d9) and milk glucose (all dates evaluated). Feeding 5-HTP resulted in increased mRNA expression of key gluconeogenic and glycolytic enzymes in liver and glucose transporters 1 and 8 (GLUT-1, -8) in the mammary gland. We demonstrated the location of GLUT-8 in the mammary gland both in the epithelial and vascular endothelial cells. Finally, phosphorylated 5' AMP-activated protein kinase (pAMPK), a known regulator of intracellular energy status, was elevated in mammary glands of 5-HTP fed dams. Our results suggest that increasing 5-HT production during the transition from pregnancy to lactation increases mRNA expression of enzymes involved in energy metabolism in the liver, and mRNA abundance and distribution of glucose transporters within the mammary gland. This suggests the possibility that 5-HT may be involved in regulating energy metabolism during the transition from pregnancy to lactation.

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