The G0/G1 Switch Gene 2 Regulates Adipose Lipolysis through Association with Adipose Triglyceride Lipase

Xingyuan Yang, Xin Lu, Marc Lombès, Geun Bae Rha, Young In Chi, Theresa M. Guerin, Eric J. Smart, Jun Liu

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Abstract

Adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) is the rate-limiting enzyme for triacylglycerol (TAG) hydrolysis in adipocytes. The precise mechanisms whereby ATGL is regulated remain uncertain. Here, we demonstrate that a protein encoded by G0/G1 switch gene 2 (G0S2) is a selective regulator of ATGL. G0S2 is highly expressed in adipose tissue and differentiated adipocytes. When overexpressed in HeLa cells, G0S2 localizes to lipid droplets and prevents their degradation mediated by ATGL. Moreover, G0S2 specifically interacts with ATGL through the hydrophobic domain of G0S2 and the patatin-like domain of ATGL. More importantly, interaction with G0S2 inhibits ATGL TAG hydrolase activity. Knockdown of endogenous G0S2 accelerates basal and stimulated lipolysis in adipocytes, whereas overexpression of G0S2 diminishes the rate of lipolysis in both adipocytes and adipose tissue explants. Thus, G0S2 functions to attenuate ATGL action both in vitro and in vivo and by this mechanism regulates TAG hydrolysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-205
Number of pages12
JournalCell Metabolism
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 3 2010

Keywords

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    Yang, X., Lu, X., Lombès, M., Rha, G. B., Chi, Y. I., Guerin, T. M., Smart, E. J., & Liu, J. (2010). The G0/G1 Switch Gene 2 Regulates Adipose Lipolysis through Association with Adipose Triglyceride Lipase. Cell Metabolism, 11(3), 194-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2010.02.003