The mammalian telomere-binding protein Rap1 was recently found to have additional nontelomeric functions, acting as a transcriptional cofactor and a regulator of the NF-κB pathway. Here, we assess the effect of disrupting mouse Rap1 in vivo and report on its unanticipated role in metabolic regulation and body-weight homeostasis. Rap1 inhibition causes dysregulation in hepatic as well as adipose function, leading to glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, liver steatosis, and excess fat accumulation. Furthermore, Rap1 appears to play a pivotal role in the transcriptional cascade that controls adipocyte differentiation in vitro. Using a separation-of-function allele, we show that the metabolic function of Rap1 is independent of its recruitment to TTAGGG binding elements found at telomeres and at other interstitial loci. In conclusion, our study underscores an additional function for the most conserved telomere-binding protein, forging a link between telomere biology and metabolic signaling.

Nontelomeric role for Rap1 in regulating metabolism and protecting against obesity

CECCARINI, GIOVANNI;
2013

Abstract

The mammalian telomere-binding protein Rap1 was recently found to have additional nontelomeric functions, acting as a transcriptional cofactor and a regulator of the NF-κB pathway. Here, we assess the effect of disrupting mouse Rap1 in vivo and report on its unanticipated role in metabolic regulation and body-weight homeostasis. Rap1 inhibition causes dysregulation in hepatic as well as adipose function, leading to glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, liver steatosis, and excess fat accumulation. Furthermore, Rap1 appears to play a pivotal role in the transcriptional cascade that controls adipocyte differentiation in vitro. Using a separation-of-function allele, we show that the metabolic function of Rap1 is independent of its recruitment to TTAGGG binding elements found at telomeres and at other interstitial loci. In conclusion, our study underscores an additional function for the most conserved telomere-binding protein, forging a link between telomere biology and metabolic signaling.
Yeung, F; Ramírez, Cm; Mateos Gomez, Pa; Pinzaru, A; Ceccarini, Giovanni; Kabir, S; Fernández Hernando, C; Sfeir, A.
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