Endotrophin triggers adipose tissue fibrosis and metabolic dysfunction
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- Endotrophin triggers adipose tissue fibrosis and metabolic dysfunction
- Sun, Kai; Park, Jiyoung; Gupta, Olga T.; Holland, William L.; Auerbach, Pernille; Zhang, Ningyan; Marangoni, Roberta Goncalves; Nicoloro, Sarah M.; Czech, Michael P.; Varga, John; Ploug, Thorkil; An, Zhiqiang; Scherer, Philipp E.
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- NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, v.5, pp.1 - 12
- We recently identified endotrophin as an adipokine with potent tumour-promoting effects. However, the direct effects of local accumulation of endotrophin in adipose tissue have not yet been studied. Here we use a doxycycline-inducible adipocyte-specific endotrophin overexpression model to demonstrate that endotrophin plays a pivotal role in shaping a metabolically unfavourable microenvironment in adipose tissue during consumption of a high-fat diet (HFD). Endotrophin serves as a powerful co-stimulator of pathologically relevant pathways within the ‘unhealthy’ adipose tissue milieu, triggering fibrosis and inflammation and ultimately leading to enhanced insulin resistance. We further demonstrate that blocking endotrophin with a neutralizing antibody ameliorates metabolically adverse effects and effectively reverses metabolic dysfunction induced during HFD exposure. Collectively, our findings demonstrate that endotrophin exerts a major influence in adipose tissue, eventually resulting in systemic elevation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and insulin resistance, and the results establish endotrophin as a potential target in the context of metabolism and cancer.
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