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FEBS letters

C1qTNF-related protein-6 mediates fatty acid oxidation via the activation of the AMP-activated protein kinase.


PMID 20102710

Abstract

C1qTNF-related proteins (CTRPs) are involved in diverse processes including metabolism, inflammation host defense, apoptosis, cell differentiation, autoimmunity, hibernation, and organogenesis. However, the physiological role of CTRP6 remains poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that the globular domain of CTRP6 mediates the phosphorylation and activation of the 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in skeletal muscle cells. In parallel with the activation of AMPK, CTRP6 induces the phosphorylation of acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase (ACC) and fatty acid oxidation in myocytes. Thus, CTRP6 plays a role in fatty acid metabolism via the AMPK-ACC pathway.