The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR), a G-protein receptor, is well recognized for its role in the regulation of adipocyte proliferation, in modulating adipose tissue dysfunction, and as a potential target for therapeutic intervention. In the present study, we investigate the anti-inflammatory effect of γ-glutamylvaline (γ-EV) on mouse adipocytes and explore the role of γ-EV-activated CaSR in the regulation of cellular homeostasis using the mouse 3T3-L1 cell line in vitro model. Our results indicate that the 3T3-L1 adipocyte-like cells accumulated lipids and expressed CaSR after 2 days of differentiation and 7 days of maturation period. The pretreatment with γ-EV (10 μM) suppressed the production of TNF-α-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines, i.e., IL-6 (23.92 ± 5.45 ng/mL, p < 0.05)) and MCP-1 (101.17 ± 39.93 ng/mL, p < 0.05), while enhancing the expression of PPARγ(1.249 ± 0.109, p < 0.001) and adiponectin (7.37 ± 0.59 ng/mL, p < 0.05). Elevated expression of Wnt5a was detected in γ-EV-treated cells (115.90 ± 45.50, p < 0.001), suggesting the involvement of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway. Also, phosphorylation of β-catenin was shown to be significantly inhibited (0.442 ± 0.034) by TNF-α but restored when cells were pretreated with γ-EV (0.765 ± 0.048, p < 0.05). These findings suggest that γ-EV-induced CaSR activation not only prevents TNF-α-induced inflammation in adipocytes but also modulates the cross-talk between Wnt and PPARγpathways. Concentrations of serine phosphorylated IRS-1 were shown to be lower in γ-EV-treated cells, indicating γ-EV may also prevent inflammation in the context of insulin resistance. Thus, γ-EV-activated CaSR plays a significant role in the cross-talk between adipocyte inflammatory and metabolic pathways through the regulation of extracellular sensing.
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