G(s)alpha deficiency in adipose tissue leads to a lean phenotype with divergent effects on cold tolerance and diet-induced thermogenesis.

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G(s)alpha, the G protein that mediates receptor-stimulated cAMP generation, has been implicated as a regulator of adipogenesis and adipose tissue function. Heterozygous G(s)alpha mutations lead to obesity in Albright hereditary osteodystrophy (AHO) patients and in mice. In this study, we generated mice with adipose-specific G(s)alpha deficiency. Heterozygotes had 50% loss of G(s)alpha expression in adipose tissue and no obvious phenotype, suggesting that adipose-specific G(s)alpha deficiency is not the cause of obesity in AHO. Homozygotes (FGsKO) had severely reduced adipose tissue, indicating that G(s)alpha is required for adipogenesis. Although FGsKO mice had impaired cold tolerance and reduced responsiveness of brown adipose tissue (BAT) to sympathetic signaling, diet-induced thermogenesis and fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle were increased. In normal mice, high-fat diet raised sympathetic nerve activity in muscle, but not in BAT. Our results show that cold- and diet-induced thermogenesis may occur in separate tissues, especially when BAT function is impaired.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, M; Chen, H; Nguyen, A; Gupta, D; Wang, J; Lai, EW; Pacak, K; Gavrilova, O; Quon, MJ; Weinstein, LS

Published Date

  • April 7, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 320 - 330

PubMed ID

  • 20374964

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2863112

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1932-7420

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cmet.2010.02.013


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States