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Targeting ERK3/MK5 complex for treatment of obesity and diabetes

Angel Loza-Valdes, Rabih El-Merahbi, Toufic Kassouf, Agnieszka Demczuk, Saskia Reuter, Jonathan Trujillo Viera, Till Karwen, Minhe Noh, Mona C. Löffler, Rafael Romero-Becerra, Jorge L. Torres, Miguel Marcos, Guadalupe Sabio, Urszula Wojda & Grzegorz Sumar.

Kinases represent one of the largest druggable families of proteins. Importantly, many kinases are aberrantly activated/de-activated in multiple organs during obesity, which contributes to the development of diabetes and associated diseases. Previous results indicate that the complex between Extracellular-regulated kinase 3 (ERK3) and Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK)-activated protein kinase 5 (MK5) suppresses energy dissipation and promotes fatty acids (FAs) output in adipose tissue and, therefore promotes obesity and diabetes. However, the therapeutic potential of targeting this complex at the systemic level has not been fully explored.

MK5 mRNA levels in subcutaneous adipose tissue in healthy lean subjects obese subjects.

Here we applied a translational approach to target the ERK3/MK5 complex in mice. Importantly, deletion of ERK3 in the whole body or administration of MK5-specific inhibitor protects against obesity and promotes insulin sensitivity. Finally, we show that the expression of ERK3 and MK5 correlates with the degree of obesity and that ERK3/MK5 complex regulates energy dissipation in human adipocytes.

Altogether, we demonstrate that ERK3/MK5 complex can be targeted in vivo to preserve metabolic health and combat obesity and diabetes.

Conventional type 1 dendritic cells protect against age-related adipose tissue dysfunction and obesity

Elena Hernández-García, Francisco J. Cueto, Emma C. L. Cook, Ana Redondo-Urzainqui, Sara Charro-Zanca, Iñaki Robles-Vera, Ruth Conde-Garrosa, Ivana Nikolić, Guadalupe Sabio, David Sancho & Salvador Iborra.

Conventional dendritic cells (cDCs) scan and integrate environmental cues in almost every tissue, including exogenous metabolic signals. While cDCs are critical in maintaining immune balance, their role in preserving energy homeostasis is unclear.

Body composition by MRI.

Here, we showed that Batf3-deficient mice lacking conventional type 1 DCs (cDC1s) had increased body weight and adiposity during aging. This led to impaired energy expenditure and glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and liver steatosis. cDC1 deficiency caused adipose tissue inflammation that was preceded by a paucity of NK1.1+ invariant NKT (iNKT) cells. Accordingly, among antigen-presenting cells, cDC1s exhibited notable induction of IFN-γ production by iNKT cells, which plays a metabolically protective role in lean adipose tissue. Flt3L treatment, which expands the dendritic cell (DC) compartment, mitigated diet-induced obesity and hyperlipidemia in a Batf3-dependent manner. This effect was partially mediated by NK1.1+ cells.

These results reveal a new critical role for the cDC1-iNKT cell axis in the regulation of adipose tissue homeostasis.

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