KnE Life Sciences | International Conference on Biological Sciences (ICBS-2013) | pages: 342-346

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High-carbohydrates and fats diets play an important role in stimulating the increasing of preadiposit proliferation and the expression of adipocyte’s specific genes involved in the adipogenesis process. This kind of diet stimulates the release of growth factor, Igf-1 in particular (Marques et al., 2012; Viswakarma et al., 2010). Igf-1 plays an important role in the in vitro and in vivo changes of preadiposit into adipocytes, so that after the Igf-1 released, it will subsequently activate MAPK and triggered a series of genes reactions that play a role in adipogenesis (Gregoire et al.,1998; Holly et al., 2006; Kloting et al., 2008; Kondo et al., 2003).

The use of specific compound to inhibit the early process of adipocyte formation is the right step to reduce and avoid obesity. There are many specific compounds that can bind Igf-1 or Igf-1r, which is widely used in the therapy of obesity. A particular and considered safe way to inhibit obesity (inhibit adipogenesis) is using herbal ingredients. World Health Organization (2012) described that people has increased their tendency, it is about 1% per year, to use herbal medicine. This data, trigger the exploration of tropic natural ingredients to be studied and used as the therapy or prevention against obesity.

Rambutan is a tropical fruit that grows well in Indonesia and the peel is considered as waste (Onkogi et al., 2007). Polyphenols, which consist of tannins, flavonoids and anthocyanins, is considered as the main consisted compounds on its peel. The purification of its phytochemical compounds showed that the peel is rich in geraniin, coraligin and ellagic acid (Thitilertdecha et al., 2010). The peel extract could be expected to inhibit igf-1 or igf-1r so that the cascade associated with adipogensis process could be inhibited as well. Many research described that the intensive research which is directly addressed to the adipocytes has the possibility for finding a potential drugs against obesity and overcome the insulin resistance (Ross et al.,1999).

The aims of this study was to know the RPE inhibition on igf-1 and its receptors by measuring the igf-1 and igf-1r using Immunofluorescence double stain and Western Blotting methods on obese male rats treated RPE 30 mg/kgbw. The study was approved by ethical review committee of Brawijaya University Research Ethics Committee as a member of National Research Ethics Committee of Republic Indonesia.


Material Preparations

Male wistar rats, normal and obese, were obtained from d’Wistar, a laboratory animal provider, Bandung-Indonesia. Obese rats were fed with a high-calorie food after weaning until the 12th week. The composition of normal food is 63% carbohydrate, 3% fat, 13% protein, 21% vitamin and mineral (manufactured by PT Comfeed, Indonesia) and the obese is 74% carbohydrate, 6% fat, 20% protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber 1% (manufactured by PT Phokphan, Indonesia). The criteria for obese rats was measured according to Lee Index (Campos et al., 2008). The rats’ maintenance was performed in Biosciences laboratory, Brawijaya University. The dose of RPE used was 30 mg/kgBW (based on previous research) and ellagic acid (Sigma aldrigh, Catalogue number: E2550) with a dose 15ìg/kgBB was used as positive control. The treatment was performed over 12 weeks with RPE administration once every two days. After 12 weeks of treatment, the rats were dissected and the visceral fats were taken from the caudal side then washed with PBS pH 7,4. The fats weighed twice, 0,5 grams each. The first would be made into slides with immunofluorescence double staining and the last would be analyzed using western blotting method.

Immunofluorescence Double Staining

The control slides were stained using hematoxylin-eosin and the igf-1 and igf-1r expression observed slides were stained using immunofluorescence double staining (modified from Bancroft & Gamble, 2002). The slides were incubated overnight at 370C to maximize the adhesion. Then, deparafination was conducted by xylol I and II for 5 minutes and the slides were soaked in 1M pH 7.4 PBS three times for 5 minutes. The slides were subsequently immersed in 1 mM pH 6 citrate buffer, heated in a microwave for 8 minutes, and incubated at room temperature for a few minutes, then soaked in PBS three times for 5 minutes. The slides were dried and put into a box that had been coated with tissue paper and sprayed with distilled water. A few drops of 2% BSA were sprinkled into the slides and incubated at room temperature for 1 hour. After that, the slides were washed with PBS three times for 10 minutes and were sprinkled using igf-1-mouse and igf-1r-rabbit (Lifespan Bioscience) primary antibody which was dissolved in 2% BSA (1:1500) then incubated at room temperature for 1 hour. The slides was washed again with PBS three times for 10 minutes and dried before sprinkled with the secondary antibody, Goat-antimouse IgG FITC and goat-antirabbit IgG-Rhodamine (Santacruz Biotechnology) which was dissolved in 2% BSA (1:2000). The slides were incubated for 1 hour at room temperature and washed with PBS three times for 10 minutes. Once dried, the immunofluorescence visualization by microspcope FSX-100, could be performed.

Western Blotting

The visceral fat tissue was pulverized using mortal and pistil, then added 500 ìl extract buffer (1 mM PMSF in DMSO, 50 mM pH 7.4 KH2PO4, 0.5% Nonidet P.40, ddH2O). The solution was centrifuged at 4°C and 10000 rpm for 15 minutes. Protein from visceral fat was separated using 12.5% sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel (SDS-PAGE) and transferred to nitrocellulose membrane (Millipore, Belerica, MA) based on a wet transfer (Biorad). The primary antibody probe for igf-1-mouse and igf-1r-rabbit (Lifespan Bioscience) was dissolved in 2% BSA (1:1500) and incubated overnight 40C, then washed with TBS. The secondary antibody, anti-mouse IgG and IgG-antirabbit (Lifespan Bioscience) was dissolved in 2% BSA (1:2000), incubated for 1 hour and given the HRP-conjugated secondary anti-body substrate (Zymed), then incubated again for 1 hour. Western Blotting results were visualized using gel doc (Biorad system) and the measurement of the expressed proteins density was performed using quantity one software (Biorad).


The immunofluorescence slides was used to measure the intensity of igf-1 and igf-r expression. The results of immunofluorescence double staining in visceral fats tissue from normal-non-treated, obese-non-treated, ellagic acid, and RPE30 mg/kgBW rats which was observed using microscope FSX-100. The observation suggests that the highest intensity of igf-1 and igf-1r expression is in obese-NT rats compared with normal-NT, ellagic acid, and RPE30 mg/kgBW (p <0,05). The igf-1 expression intensity in normal-NT, obese-NT, ellagic acid, and RPE30mg/kgbw were 4.93 int/cell, 11.42 int/cell, 3.51 int/cells and 6.29 int/cell respectively while the Igf-1r expression intensity in normal-NT, obese-NT, ellagic acid, and RPE30mg/kgBW were 6.29 int/cell, 14.2 int/cell, 3.21int/cell and 7.12 int/cell respectively.

ANOVA test of igf-1 and igf-1r expression among the treatments showed significant differences (p<0,05). LSD test showed the differences in Igf-1 and Igf-1r expression from the highest to the lowest were obese-NT, RPE 30mg/kgBW, normal-NT and ellagic acid. The igf-1 and igf-1r expression did not show any difference between among normal and obese rats treated withRPE30mg/kgBW, but showed a significant different among normal and obese rats with ellagic acid treatment.

Western Blotting results showed that the highest density of igf-1 and igf-1r were in obese-NT compared to the other rats. Obese rats treated with ellagic acid showed the lowest density Igf-1 than the others. The result of igf-1 and igf-1r density measurement showed that normal and obese rats treated with RPE30 mg/kgBW seemed to have the same density.

Adipogenesis involves a complex series of processes, such as the process, which is triggered by a growth signal (GH). GH stimulates the transcription of igf-1 gene, which is required for adipocyte differentiation (Gregoire et al.,1998). Igf-1 initiates differentiation and stimulates cell on the clonal expansion of mitogenic effect. Also, the primary preadiposit from the clonal expansion secretes insulin growth factor-binding proteins (IGFBPs), which indicates that IGFBP is important in modulating the action of Igf-1 in adipogenesis (Gregoire et al.,1998). Insulin Like Growth Factor-1 is a ligand that plays a role in insulin synthesis, mitogenic factor, cell growth and differentiation through several MAPKs pathway (Buehlmeyer et al., 2007). The activation of MAPKs pathway affects the expression of C/EBP and PPARã which becomes the key factor in adipogenesis (Lin et al., 2005). Igf-1 and igf-1r expression in obese rats showed a high value. The intake of high-calorie diet triggers the body to produce igf-1 and its receptor produced more. The high bond between Igf-1 and its receptor causes the activation of Ras and stimulates the expression of ERK1/2 and MAPKs. MAPKs stimulation activates the key genes associated with adipogenesis process such as PPARγ. Figure 2 shows that the density values of ERK1/2 is higher in obese rats compared to obese rats that were treated with ellagic acid and RPE30 mg/kg BW.

Igf-1 and igf-1r expressions in obese rats, which were treated with ellagic acid showed the lowest value. Similar result showed by Boi et al. (2008) who described that ellagic acid inhibits adipocyte formation in 3T3-L1 cells and significantly inhibit PPARγ thus reducing lipid accumulation by 37%. Ellagic acid a chemical compound produced synthetically and widely used as an anti-obesity that has the anti lipogenic properties and inhibit ERK1/2 (Min et al., 2012).

Treatment using RPE30 mg/kgBW decreased the expression of igf-1 and igf-1r almost similar to the value of normal rats. The decrease is thought to be caused by the content of phytochemical compounds in the crude extract of rambutan peel, which is able to bind to the Igf-1 or IGF-1r. One particular example is catechin, which is known as a potent compound that binds to Igf-1r (Firdausi et al., 2012). The tie between catechin and Igf-1r inhibits Igf-1 binding and its receptors. The decrease of Igf-1 expression may be related to the ellagic acid content in the rambutan peel crude extract which has a similar properties to epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) green tea which can inhibit Igf-1 and Ras/Raf/MAPK signaling pathways (Unno et al., 2009). Several active compounds that block the activity of Igf-1 and its receptor inhibits MAPKs signaling cascade resulting in low expression of ERK1/2 and PPARγ. RPE30 mg/kg BW decreased the expression of ERK1/2 and PPARγ approaching normal rats, but still higher compared with obese rats treated with ellagic acid. This result shows that RPE30 allegedly more effective than ellagic acid, due to the mixture of compounds contained in the crude extract of rambutan peel is expected to work synergic and antagonists causing a greater effect than pure ellagic acid treatment. RPE is an alternative treatment that can be used to overcome obesity, especially on the inhibition Igf-1 and Igf-1r binding. Ross et al., described that the intensive research that directly addressed to the adipocytes has the possibility to provide a potential drugs against obesity and overcome the insulin resistance (Ross et al.,1999).


The increasing number of adipocytes mainly causes obesity, thereby inhibiting the formation of adipocytes is an important step to prevent obesity. Rambutan peel is a waste material yet has the potent to prevent the adipocytes formation. The results showed that the RPE has a potent in inhibiting adipogenesis by reducing the Igf-1 and Igf-1r expression. The inhibition of Igf-1 and its receptor will inhibit the cascade in MAPKs and PPARã pathway as the key genes for adipogenesis. This study is far from complete and we still need to do some further research related to the inhibition on adipogenesis cascade genes by observing the involved transcription factor.



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