Hepatic PLIN5 signals via SIRT1 to promote autophagy and prevent inflammation during fasting

Enxiang Zhang, Wenqi Cui, Michael Lopresti, Mara T. Mashek, Charles P. Najt, Hongbo Hu, Douglas G. Mashek

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Lipid droplets (LDs) are energy-storage organelles that are coated with hundreds of proteins, including members of the perilipin (PLIN) family. PLIN5 is highly expressed in oxidative tissues, including the liver, and is thought to play a key role in uncoupling LD accumulation from lipotoxicity; however, the mechanisms behind this action are incompletely defined. We investigated the role of hepatic PLIN5 in inflammation and lipotoxicity in a murine model under both fasting and refeeding conditions and in hepatocyte cultures. PLIN5 ablation with antisense oligonucleotides triggered a pro-inflammatory response in livers from mice only under fasting conditions. Similarly, PLIN5 mitigated lipopolysaccharide- or palmitic acid-induced inflammatory responses in hepatocytes. During fasting, PLIN5 was also required for the induction of autophagy, which contributed to its anti-inflammatory effects. The ability of PLIN5 to promote autophagy and prevent inflammation were dependent upon signaling through sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), which is known to be activated in response to nuclear PLIN5 under fasting conditions. Taken together, these data show that PLIN5 signals via SIRT1 to promote autophagy and prevent FA-induced inflammation as a means to maintain hepatocyte homeostasis during periods of fasting and FA mobilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-350
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of lipid research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants DK114401 and AG055452 and American Diabetes Association Grant 1-16-IBS-203 to D.G.M, National Natural Science Foundation of China Grant 31671945 to H.H, and China Scholarship Council Grant 201706350184 to E.Z. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest with the contents of this article. Manuscript received 15 August 2019 and in revised form 9 January 2020. Published, JLR Papers in Press, January 13, 2020 DOI https://doi.org/10.1194/jlr.RA119000336

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Copyright © 2020 Zhang et al.

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  • Fatty acids
  • Lipid droplets
  • Lipotoxicity
  • Perilipin 5
  • Sirtuin 1

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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