Constitutive P2Y2 receptor activity regulates basal lipolysis in human adipocytes

Seema B. Ali, Jeremy J. O. Turner, Samuel J. Fountain

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White adipocytes are key regulators of metabolic homeostasis, which release stored energy as free fatty acids via lipolysis. Adipocytes possess both basal and stimulated lipolytic capacity, but limited information exists regarding the molecular mechanisms that regulate basal lipolysis. Here, we describe a mechanism whereby autocrine purinergic signaling and constitutive P2Y2 receptor activation suppresses basal lipolysis in primary human in vitro differentiated adipocytes. We found that human adipocytes possess cytoplasmic calcium tone due to ATP secretion and constitutive P2Y2 receptor activation. Pharmacological antagonism or knockdown of P2Y2 receptors increases intracellular cAMP levels and enhances basal lipolysis. P2Y2 receptor antagonism works synergistically with phosphodiesterase inhibitors in elevating basal lipolysis, but is dependent upon adenylate cyclase activity. Mechanistically, we suggest that the increased calcium tone exerts an anti-lipolytic effect by suppression of calcium-sensitive adenylate cyclase isoforms. We also observed that acute enhancement of basal lipolysis following P2Y2 receptor antagonism alters the profile of secreted adipokines leading to longer term adaptive decreases in basal lipolysis. Our findings reveal that basal lipolysis and adipokine secretion are controlled by autocrine purinergic signaling in human adipocytes.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberjcs221994
JournalJournal of Cell Science
Issue number22
Early online date17 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2018

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