Endothelial SIRT-1 has a critical role in the maintenance of capillarization in brown adipose tissue

Ryo Furuuchi, Ippei Shimizu, Yohko Yoshida, Goro Katsuumi, Masayoshi Suda, Yoshiaki Kubota, Kenneth Walsh, Tohru Minamino

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Brown adipose tissue (BAT) has critical roles in thermogenesis and systemic metabolism. Capillary rarefaction was reported to develop in BAT with dietary obesity, and previous studies showed that suppression of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) reduced capillary density in BAT, promoting the functional decline of this organ. Capillarization is regulated through the balance between angiogenesis and vasculogenesis on the one hand and apoptosis of endothelial cells (ECs) on the other; however, the role of EC apoptosis in BAT remained to be explored. In studies testing the role of boysenberry polyphenols (BoyP) in BAT, we found that BoyP decreased EC apoptosis, enhanced capillarization in BAT, and ameliorated dietary BAT dysfunction, which was associated with the upregulation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-dependent protein deacetylase sirtuin 1 (SIRT-1) in ECs. Our studies suggest that EC SIRT-1 would be one of the potential targets of BoyP that contributes to BAT capillarization and function.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105424
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov 18


  • Biological sciences
  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology

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