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Disruption of the cereblon gene enhances hepatic AMPK activity and prevents high fat diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance in mice.
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PMID:  23349485     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A nonsense mutation in cereblon (CRBN) causes a mild type of mental retardation in humans. An earlier study showed that CRBN negatively regulates the functional activity of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in vitro by binding directly to the α1 subunit of the AMPK complex. However, the in vivo role of CRBN was not studied. To elucidate the physiological functions of Crbn, a mouse strain was generated in which the Crbn gene was deleted throughout the whole body. In Crbn-deficient mice fed a normal diet, AMPK in the liver showed hyper-phosphorylation, which indicated the constitutive activation of AMPK. Since Crbn-deficient mice showed significantly less weight gain when fed a high fat diet and their insulin sensitivity was considerably improved, the functions of Crbn in the liver were primarily investigated. These results provide the first in vivo evidence that Crbn is a negative modulator of AMPK, which suggests that Crbn may be a potential target for metabolic disorders of the liver.
Kwang Min Lee; Seung-Joo Yang; Yong Deuk Kim; Yoo Duk Choi; Jong Hee Nam; Cheol Soo Choi; Hueng-Sik Choi; Chul-Seung Park
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diabetes     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1939-327X     ISO Abbreviation:  Diabetes     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0372763     Medline TA:  Diabetes     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Gwangju Institute Science and Technology (GIST), School of Life Sciences, Gwangju, Korea, Republic of.
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