Critical Role of SREBP-1c Large-VLDL pathway in environment-induced hypertriglyceridemia of apo AV deficiency

Mikio Takanashi, Takeshi Kimura, Chengcheng Li, Masaki Tanaka, Ako Matsuhashi, Hiroki Yoshida, Akari Noda, Pengfei Xu, Satoru Takase, Sachiko Okazaki, Yoko Iizuka, Hidetoshi Kumagai, Yuichi Ikeda, Takanari Gotoda, Manabu Takahashi, Hiroaki Yagyu, Shun Ishibashi, Toshimasa Yamauchi, Takashi Kadowaki, Guosheng LiangHiroaki Okazaki

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Objective - APOA5 variants are strongly associated with hypertriglyceridemia, as well as increased risks of cardiovascular disease and acute pancreatitis. Hypertriglyceridemia in apo AV dysfunction often aggravates by environmental factors such as high-carbohydrate diets or aging. To date, the molecular mechanisms by which these environmental factors induce hypertriglyceridemia are poorly defined, leaving the high-risk hypertriglyceridemia condition undertreated. Previously, we reported that LXR (liver X receptor)-SREBP (sterol regulatory element-binding protein)-1c pathway regulates large-VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) production induced by LXR agonist. However, the pathophysiological relevance of the finding remains unknown. Approach and Results - Here, we reconstitute the environment-induced hypertriglyceridemia phenotype of human APOA5 deficiency in Apoa5-/- mice and delineate the role of SREBP-1c in vivo by generating Apoa5-/-;Srebp-1c-/- mice. The Apoa5-/- mice, which showed moderate hypertriglyceridemia on a chow diet, developed severe hypertriglyceridemia on high-carbohydrate feeding or aging as seen in patients with human apo AV deficiency. These responses were nearly completely abolished in the Apoa5-/-;Srebp-1c-/- mice. Further mechanistic studies revealed that in response to these environmental factors, SREBP-1c was activated to increase triglyceride synthesis and to permit the incorporation of triglyceride into abnormally large-VLDL particles, which require apo AV for efficient clearance. Conclusions - Severe hypertriglyceridemia develops only when genetic factors (apo AV deficiency) and environmental effects (SREBP-1c activation) coexist. We demonstrate that the regulated production of large-sized VLDL particles via SREBP-1c determines plasma triglyceride levels in apo AV deficiency. Our findings explain the long-standing enigma of the late-onset hypertriglyceridemia phenotype of apo AV deficiency and suggest a new approach to treat hypertriglyceridemia by targeting genes that mediate environmental effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-386
Number of pages14
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


  • carbohydrate
  • diet
  • hypertriglyceridemia
  • phenotype
  • sterol regulatory element-binding protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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