Brown adipose tissue oxidizes chemical energy for heat generation and energy expenditure. Promoting brownlike transformation in white adipose tissue (WAT) is a promising strategy for combating obesity. Here, we find that targeted deletion of KH-type splicing regulatory protein (KSRP), an RNA-binding protein that regulates gene expression at multiple levels, causes a reduction in body adiposity. The expression of brown fat-selective genes is increased in subcutaneous/inguinal WAT (iWAT) of Ksrp-/- mice because of the elevated expression of PR domain containing 16 and peroxisome proliferator- activated receptor gamma coactivator 1a, which are key regulators promoting the brown fat gene program. The expression of microRNA (miR)-150 in iWAT is decreased due to impaired primary miR-150 processing in the absence of KSRP. We show that miR-150 directly targets and represses Prdm16 and Ppargc1a, and that forced expression of miR-150 attenuates the elevated expression of brown fat genes caused by KSRP deletion. This study reveals the in vivo function of KSRP in controlling brown-like transformation of iWAT through posttranscriptional regulation of miR-150 expression.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism