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Depletion of Adipocyte Becn1 Leads to Lipodystrophy and Metabolic Dysregulation

 Jin, Young  ;  Ji, Yul  ;  Song, Yaechan  ;  Choe, Sung Sik  ;  Jeon, Yong Geun  ;  Na, Heeju  ;  Nam, Tae Wook  ;  Kim, Hye Jeong  ;  Nahmgoong, Hahn  ;  Kim, Sung Min  ;  Kim, Jae-woo  ;  Nam, Ki Taek  ;  Seong, Je Kyung  ;  Hwang, Daehee  ;  Park, Chan Bae  ;  Lee, In Hye  ;  Kim, Jae Bum  ;  Lee, Han-Woong 
 DIABETES, Vol.70(1) : 182-195, 2021-01 
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Becn1/Beclin-1 is a core component of the class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase required for autophagosome formation and vesicular trafficking. Although Becn1 has been implicated in numerous diseases such as cancer, aging, and neurodegenerative disease, the role of Becn1 in white adipose tissue and related metabolic diseases remains elusive. In this study, we show that adipocyte-specific Becn1 knockout mice develop severe lipodystrophy, leading to adipose tissue inflammation, hepatic steatosis, and insulin resistance. Ablation of Becn1 in adipocytes stimulates programmed cell death in a cell-autonomous manner, accompanied by elevated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress gene expression. Furthermore, we observed that Becn1 depletion sensitized mature adipocytes to ER stress, leading to accelerated cell death. Taken together, these data suggest that adipocyte Becn1 would serve as a crucial player for adipocyte survival and adipose tissue homeostasis.
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Emergency Medicine (응급의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
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Kim, Jae Woo(김재우) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5456-9495
Nam, Ki Taek(남기택)
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