TDP-43, an ALS Linked Protein, Regulates Fat Deposition and Glucose Homeostasis

Nancy R. Stallings, Krishna Puttaparthi, Katherine J. Dowling, Christina M. Luther, Dennis K. Burns, Kathryn Davis, Jeffrey L. Elliott

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Abstract

The identification of proteins which determine fat and lean body mass composition is critical to better understanding and treating human obesity. TDP-43 is a well-conserved RNA-binding protein known to regulate alternative splicing and recently implicated in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). While TDP-43 knockout mice show early embryonic lethality, post-natal conditional knockout mice show weight loss, fat depletion, and rapid death, suggesting an important role for TDP-43 in regulating energy metabolism. Here we report, that over-expression of TDP-43 in transgenic mice can result in a phenotype characterized by increased fat deposition and adipocyte hypertrophy. In addition, TDP-43 over-expression in skeletal muscle results in increased steady state levels of Tbc1d1, a RAB-GTPase activating protein involved in Glucose 4 transporter (Glut4) translocation. Skeletal muscle fibers isolated from TDP-43 transgenic mice show altered Glut4 translocation in response to insulin and impaired insulin mediated glucose uptake. These results indicate that levels of TDP-43 regulate body fat composition and glucose homeostasis in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere71793
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2013

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
homeostasis
Homeostasis
Fats
Body Composition
Glucose
Knockout Mice
Transgenic Mice
glucose
mice
lipids
Insulin
GTPase-Activating Proteins
Muscle
Proteins
RNA-Binding Proteins
insulin
Facilitative Glucose Transport Proteins
proteins
Skeletal Muscle Fibers

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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TDP-43, an ALS Linked Protein, Regulates Fat Deposition and Glucose Homeostasis. / Stallings, Nancy R.; Puttaparthi, Krishna; Dowling, Katherine J.; Luther, Christina M.; Burns, Dennis K.; Davis, Kathryn; Elliott, Jeffrey L.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 8, No. 8, e71793, 13.08.2013.

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Stallings, Nancy R. ; Puttaparthi, Krishna ; Dowling, Katherine J. ; Luther, Christina M. ; Burns, Dennis K. ; Davis, Kathryn ; Elliott, Jeffrey L. / TDP-43, an ALS Linked Protein, Regulates Fat Deposition and Glucose Homeostasis. In: PLoS One. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 8.
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