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Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) encompasses a set of pathologies associated with ectopic lipid accumulationin hepatocytes. NAFLD can progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an inflammatory condition which is increasing in prevalence in parallel with other diseases connected to lipid metabolism, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. NASH is characterized by hepatic necrosis, increased inflammatory signaling, immune cell infiltration, and the potential to progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and ultimately liver failure.

David Montefusco, Maryam Jamil, Melissa A. Maczis, William Schroeder, ... L. Ashley Cowart

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Targeting the cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding protein CPEB4 protects against diet-induced obesity and microbiome dysbiosis

Nuria Pell, Ester Garcia-Pras, Javier Gallego, Salvador Naranjo-Suarez, ... Mercedes Fernandez

Objective

Obesity represents a growing health problem that is reaching pandemic dimensions and lacks effective cures, thus highlighting an urgent need for better mechanistic understanding and new therapeutic strategies. Unlike transcription, the function of translation in obesity has hardly been investigated. Here, we fill this knowledge gap by pinpointing a crucial function for gene regulation at the step of translation in diet-induced obesity.

Methods

We performed studies with human adipose tissue, high-fat-diet-induced obese mice and rats, CPEB4-knockout mice, and adipocyte lines. Cells were transfected with small-interfering RNAs that knockdown CPEB4. Transcriptome-wide identification and validation of CPEB4 targets in adipocytes were obtained by RNA-protein coimmunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing. The effect of CPEB4 depletion on high-fat-diet-induced dysbiosis was determined by 16S ribosomal-RNA gene sequencing and microbiome bioinformatics.

Results

We show that cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding protein 4 (CPEB4), which controls the translation of specific mRNAs by modulating their poly(A) tails, is highly expressed in visceral fat of obese but not lean humans and rodents (mice and rats), where it orchestrates an essential post-transcriptional reprogramming for aggravation of high-fat-diet-induced obesity. Mechanistically, CPEB4 overexpression in obese adipocytes activates the translation of factors essential for adipose tissue expansion (Cebpb, Stat5a) and adipocyte-intrinsic immune-like potential (Ccl2, Tlr4), as demonstrated by RNA-immunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing and experimentally validated in vivo. Consistently blocking CPEB4 production in knockout mice protects against diet-induced body weight gain and reduces adipose tissue enlargement and inflammation. In addition, the depletion of CPEB4 specifically in obese adipocytes using short hairpin RNAs decreases cell differentiationlipid accumulation, and the proinflammatory and migratory capacity of macrophages. The absence of CPEB4 also attenuates high-fat diet-induced dysbiosis, shaping the microbiome composition toward a more beneficial profile, as shown by microbiome bioinformatics analysis.

Conclusion

Our study identifies CPEB4 as a driver and therapeutic target to combat obesity.

Targeting the cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding protein CPEB4 protects against diet-induced obesity and microbiome dysbiosis

Nuria Pell, Ester Garcia-Pras, Javier Gallego, Salvador Naranjo-Suarez, ... Mercedes Fernandez

Objective

Obesity represents a growing health problem that is reaching pandemic dimensions and lacks effective cures, thus highlighting an urgent need for better mechanistic understanding and new therapeutic strategies. Unlike transcription, the function of translation in obesity has hardly been investigated. Here, we fill this knowledge gap by pinpointing a crucial function for gene regulation at the step of translation in diet-induced obesity.

Methods

We performed studies with human adipose tissue, high-fat-diet-induced obese mice and rats, CPEB4-knockout mice, and adipocyte lines. Cells were transfected with small-interfering RNAs that knockdown CPEB4. Transcriptome-wide identification and validation of CPEB4 targets in adipocytes were obtained by RNA-protein coimmunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing. The effect of CPEB4 depletion on high-fat-diet-induced dysbiosis was determined by 16S ribosomal-RNA gene sequencing and microbiome bioinformatics.

Results

We show that cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding protein 4 (CPEB4), which controls the translation of specific mRNAs by modulating their poly(A) tails, is highly expressed in visceral fat of obese but not lean humans and rodents (mice and rats), where it orchestrates an essential post-transcriptional reprogramming for aggravation of high-fat-diet-induced obesity. Mechanistically, CPEB4 overexpression in obese adipocytes activates the translation of factors essential for adipose tissue expansion (Cebpb, Stat5a) and adipocyte-intrinsic immune-like potential (Ccl2, Tlr4), as demonstrated by RNA-immunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing and experimentally validated in vivo. Consistently blocking CPEB4 production in knockout mice protects against diet-induced body weight gain and reduces adipose tissue enlargement and inflammation. In addition, the depletion of CPEB4 specifically in obese adipocytes using short hairpin RNAs decreases cell differentiationlipid accumulation, and the proinflammatory and migratory capacity of macrophages. The absence of CPEB4 also attenuates high-fat diet-induced dysbiosis, shaping the microbiome composition toward a more beneficial profile, as shown by microbiome bioinformatics analysis.

Conclusion

Our study identifies CPEB4 as a driver and therapeutic target to combat obesity.

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