Obesity drives Th17 cell differentiation by inducing the lipid metabolic kinase, ACC1

Yusuke Endo, Hikari K. Asou, Nao Matsugae, Kiyoshi Hirahara, Kenta Shinoda, Damon J. Tumes, Hirotake Tokuyama, Koutaro Yokote, Toshinori Nakayama

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Abstract

Chronic inflammation due to obesity contributes to the development of metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. Reciprocal interactions between metabolic systems and immune cells have pivotal roles in the pathogenesis of obesity-associated diseases, although the mechanisms regulating obesity-associated inflammatory diseases are still unclear. In the present study, we performed transcriptional profiling of memory phenotype CD4 T cells in high-fat-fed mice and identified acetyl- CoA carboxylase 1 (ACC1, the gene product of Acaca) as an essential regulator of Th17 cell differentiation in vitro and of the pathogenicity of Th17 cells in vivo. ACC1 modulates the DNA binding of RORgt to target genes in differentiating Th17 cells. In addition, we found a strong correlation between IL-17Aproducing CD45RO+CD4 T cells and the expression of ACACA in obese subjects. Thus, ACC1 confers the appropriate function of RORgt through fatty acid synthesis and regulates the obesity-related pathology of Th17 cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1055
Number of pages14
JournalCell Reports
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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