P62 Links β-adrenergic input to mitochondrial function and thermogenesis

Timo D. Müller, Sang Jun Lee, Martin Jastroch, Dhiraj Kabra, Kerstin Stemmer, Michaela Aichler, Bill Abplanalp, Gayathri Ananthakrishnan, Nakul Bhardwaj, Sheila Collins, Senad Divanovic, Max Endele, Brian Finan, Yuanqing Gao, Kirk M. Habegger, Jazzmin Hembree, Kristy M. Heppner, Susanna Hofmann, Jenna Holland, Daniela KüchlerMaria Kutschke, Radha Krishna, Maarit Lehti, Rebecca Oelkrug, Nickki Ottaway, Diego Perez-Tilve, Christine Raver, Axel K. Walch, Sonja C. Schriever, John Speakman, Yu Hua Tseng, Maria Diaz-Meco, Paul T. Pfluger, Jorge Moscat, Matthias H. Tschöp

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The scaffold protein p62 (sequestosome 1; SQSTM1) is an emerging key molecular link among the metabolic, immune, and proliferative processes of the cell. Here, we report that adipocyte-specific, but not CNS-, liver-, muscle-, or myeloid-specific p62-deficient mice are obese and exhibit a decreased metabolic rate caused by impaired nonshivering thermogenesis. Our results show that p62 regulates energy metabolism via control of mitochondrial function in brown adipose tissue (BAT). Accordingly, adipocyte-specific p62 deficiency led to impaired mitochondrial function, causing BAT to become unresponsive to β-adrenergic stimuli. Ablation of p62 leads to decreased activation of p38 targets, affecting signaling molecules that control mitochondrial function, such as ATF2, CREB, PGC1α, DIO2, NRF1, CYTC, COX2, ATP5β, and UCP1. p62 ablation in HIB1B and BAT primary cells demonstrated that p62 controls thermogenesis in a cell-autonomous manner, independently of brown adipocyte development or differentiation. Together, our data identify p62 as a novel regulator of mitochondrial function and brown fat thermogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-478
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2013


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