Exposure to cold temperature is well known to upregulate heat shock protein (Hsp) expression and recruit and/or activate brown adipose tissue and beige adipocytes in humans and animals. However, whether and how Hsps regulate adipocyte function for energy homeostatic responses is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate a critical role of Hsp20 as a negative regulator of adipocyte function. Deletion of Hsp20 enhances non-shivering thermogenesis and suppresses inflammatory responses, leading to improvement of glucose and lipid metabolism under both chow diet and high-fat diet conditions. Mechanistically, Hsp20 controls adipocyte function by interacting with the subunit of the ubiquitin ligase complex, F-box only protein 4 (FBXO4), and regulating the ubiquitin-dependent degradation of peroxisome proliferation activated receptor gamma (PPARγ). Indeed, Hsp20 deficiency mimics and enhances the pharmacological effects of the PPARγ agonist rosiglitazone. Together, our findings suggest a role of Hsp20 in mediating adipocyte function by linking β-adrenergic signaling to PPARγ activity. Peng et al. identify a dual function for heat shock protein 20 (Hsp20) in regulating white adipocyte maturation and function through the FBXO4-PPARγ axis. The absence of Hsp20 improves the metabolic profile even under obesity conditions.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)