Adipocyte Xbp1s overexpression drives uridine production and reduces obesity.

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OBJECTIVE: The spliced transcription factor Xbp1 (Xbp1s), a transducer of the unfolded protein response (UPR), regulates lipolysis. Lipolysis is stimulated by fasting when uridine synthesis is also activated in adipocytes. METHODS: Here we have examined the regulatory role Xbp1s in stimulation of uridine biosynthesis in adipocytes and triglyceride mobilization using inducible mouse models. RESULTS: Xbp1s is a key molecule involved in adipocyte uridine biosynthesis and release by activation of carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase 2, aspartate transcarbamylase, dihydroorotase (CAD), the rate-limiting enzyme for UMP biosynthesis. Adipocyte Xbp1s overexpression drives energy mobilization and protects mice from obesity through activation of the pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway. CONCLUSION: These observations reveal that Xbp1s is a potent stimulator of uridine production in adipocytes, enhancing lipolysis and invoking a potential anti-obesity strategy through the induction of a futile biosynthetic cycle.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Deng, Y; Wang, ZV; Gordillo, R; Zhu, Y; Ali, A; Zhang, C; Wang, X; Shao, M; Zhang, Z; Iyengar, P; Gupta, RK; Horton, JD; Hill, JA; Scherer, PE

Published Date

  • May 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 /

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 17

PubMed ID

  • 29551634

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6001360

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2212-8778

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.molmet.2018.02.013


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany