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Marbach-Breitrück, E.* ; Matz-Soja, M.* ; Abraham, U.* ; Schmidt-Heck, W.* ; Sales, S.* ; Rennert, C.* ; Kern, M.* ; Aleithe, S.* ; Spormann, L.* ; Thiel, C.* ; Gerlini, R. ; Arnold, K.* ; Klöting, N.* ; Guthke, R.* ; Rozman, D.* ; Teperino, R. ; Shevchenko, A.* ; Krämer, A.* ; Gebhardt, R.*

Tick-tock hedgehog-mutual crosstalk with liver circadian clock promotes liver steatosis.

J. Hepatol. 70, 1192-1202 (2019)
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Background & Aims: The mammalian circadian clock controls various aspects of liver metabolism and integrates nutritional signals. Recently, we described Hedgehog (Hh) signaling as a novel regulator of liver lipid metabolism. Herein, we investigated crosstalk between hepatic Hh signaling and circadian rhythm.Methods: Diurnal rhythms of Hh signaling were investigated in liver and hepatocytes from mice with ablation of Smoothened (SAC-KO) and crossbreeds with PER2::LUC reporter mice. By using genome-wide screening, qPCR, immunostaining, ELISA and RNAi experiments in vitro we identified relevant transcriptional regulatory steps. Shotgun lipidomics and metabolic cages were used for analysis of metabolic alterations and behavior.Results: Hh signaling showed diurnal oscillations in liver and hepatocytes in vitro. Correspondingly, the level of Indian Hh, oscillated in serum. Depletion of the clock gene Bmal1 in hepatocytes resulted in significant alterations in the expression of Hh genes. Conversely, SAC-KO mice showed altered expression of clock genes, confirmed by RNAi against Gli1 and Gli3. Genome-wide screening revealed that SAC-KO hepatocytes showed time-dependent alterations in various genes, particularly those associated with lipid metabolism. The clock/hedgehog module further plays a role in rhythmicity of steatosis, and in the response of the liver to a high-fat diet or to differently timed starvation.Conclusions: For the first time, Hh signaling in hepatocytes was found to be time-of-day dependent and to feed back on the circadian clock. Our findings suggest an integrative role of Hh signaling, mediated mainly by GLI factors, in maintaining homeostasis of hepatic lipid metabolism by balancing the circadian clock.Lay summary: The results of our investigation show for the first time that the Hh signaling in hepatocytes is time-of-day dependent, leading to differences not only in transcript levels but also in the amount of Hh ligands in peripheral blood. Conversely, Hh signaling is able to feed back to the circadian clock. (C) 2019 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Liver ; Hepatocytes ; Hedgehog ; Circadian Rhythm ; Steatosis; Transcriptional Regulation; Metabolism; Mouse; Inflammation; Reveals; Impacts; Rhythms; Pathway; Genes; Mice
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0168-8278
e-ISSN 1600-0641
Zeitschrift Journal of Hepatology
Quellenangaben Band: 70, Heft: 6, Seiten: 1192-1202 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Elsevier
Verlagsort Po Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed