Sebastian 2012 Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

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Sebastián D, Hernández-Alvarez MI, Segalés J, Sorianello E, Muñoz JP, Sala D, Waget A, Liesa M, Paz JC, Gopalacharyulu P, Orešič M, Pich S, Burcelin R, Palacín M, Zorzano A (2012) Mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) links mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum function with insulin signaling and is essential for normal glucose homeostasis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109:5523-8.

» PMID: 22427360 Open Access

Sebastian D, Hernandez-Alvarez MI, Segales J, Sorianello E, Munoz JP, Sala D, Waget A, Liesa M, Paz JC, Gopalacharyulu P, Oresic M, Pich S, Burcelin R, Palacin M, Zorzano A (2012) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

Abstract: Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that play a key role in energy conversion. Optimal mitochondrial function is ensured by a quality-control system tightly coupled to fusion and fission. In this connection, mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) participates in mitochondrial fusion and undergoes repression in muscle from obese or type 2 diabetic patients. Here, we provide in vivo evidence that Mfn2 plays an essential role in metabolic homeostasis. Liver-specific ablation of Mfn2 in mice led to numerous metabolic abnormalities, characterized by glucose intolerance and enhanced hepatic gluconeogenesis. Mfn2 deficiency impaired insulin signaling in liver and muscle. Furthermore, Mfn2 deficiency was associated with endoplasmic reticulum stress, enhanced hydrogen peroxide concentration, altered reactive oxygen species handling, and active JNK. Chemical chaperones or the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine ameliorated glucose tolerance and insulin signaling in liver-specific Mfn2 KO mice. This study provides an important description of a unique unexpected role of Mfn2 coordinating mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum function, leading to modulation of insulin signaling and glucose homeostasis in vivo.

Keywords: Mitofusin 2, obesity, diabetes, liver-specific Mfn2 KO mice, glucose intolerance, hepatic gluconeogenesis, ER stress, hydrogen peroxide, metabolic homeostasis, ROS, JNK, N-acetylcysteine

O2k-Network Lab: ES_Barcelona_Zorzano A


Labels: MiParea: Respiration, mt-Structure;fission;fusion, Genetic knockout;overexpression, mt-Medicine  Pathology: Diabetes, Obesity  Stress:Oxidative stress;RONS  Organism: Human, Mouse  Tissue;cell: Skeletal muscle, Liver 


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