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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(8), 2291;

Induction of Liver Steatosis in BAP31-Deficient Mice Burdened with Tunicamycin-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress

Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Life and Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110169, China
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Received: 6 June 2018 / Revised: 24 July 2018 / Accepted: 2 August 2018 / Published: 4 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics)
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Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is highly associated with liver steatosis. B-cell receptor-associated protein 31 (BAP31) has been reported to be involved in ER homeostasis, and plays key roles in hepatic lipid metabolism in high-fat diet-induced obese mice. However, whether BAP31 modulates hepatic lipid metabolism via regulating ER stress is still uncertain. In this study, wild-type and liver-specific BAP31-depleted mice were administrated with ER stress activator of Tunicamycin, the markers of ER stress, liver steatosis, and the underlying molecular mechanisms were determined. BAP31 deficiency increased Tunicamycin-induced hepatic lipid accumulation, aggravated liver dysfunction, and increased the mRNA levels of ER stress markers, including glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78), X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1), inositol-requiring protein-1α (IRE1α) and C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP), thus promoting ER stress in vivo and in vitro. Hepatic lipid export via very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) secretion was impaired in BAP31-depleted mice, accompanied by reduced Apolipoprotein B (APOB) and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTTP) expression. Exogenous lipid clearance was also inhibited, along with impaired gene expression related to fatty acid transportation and fatty acid β-oxidation. Finally, BAP31 deficiency increased Tunicamycin-induced hepatic inflammatory response. These results demonstrate that BAP31 deficiency increased Tunicamycin-induced ER stress, impaired VLDL secretion and exogenous lipid clearance, and reduced fatty acid β-oxidation, which eventually resulted in liver steatosis. View Full-Text
Keywords: BAP31; Tunicamycin; liver steatosis; ER stress; VLDL secretion BAP31; Tunicamycin; liver steatosis; ER stress; VLDL secretion

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Wu, Z.; Yang, F.; Jiang, S.; Sun, X.; Xu, J. Induction of Liver Steatosis in BAP31-Deficient Mice Burdened with Tunicamycin-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 2291.

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