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WFS1-deficient mice have alterations in energy metabolism: role of TRPM8 receptors (1126.17)

Kõks, S., Ivask, M. and Ehrlich, M. (2014) WFS1-deficient mice have alterations in energy metabolism: role of TRPM8 receptors (1126.17). The FASEB Journal, 28 (1 Supp).

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Wolfram syndrome, an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by juvenile-onset diabetes mellitus and optic atrophy, is caused by mutations in the wolframin (Wfs1) gene. Wfs1 negatively regulates endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signalling and therefore have a role in the pathogenesis of diabetes and regulation of metabolism. One cardinal feature of Wfs1 mutant mice is their significantly reduced body weight. The real mechanism of weight loss is not known, but these mice develop normally until the age of 8 weeks. After this period weight loss starts. We recently found significant up-regulation of TRPM8 gene in the hippocampus of Wfs1 mutant mice. TRPM8 is menthol receptor and is involved in the regulation of energy metabolism. In present study we analysed metabolic activity and sensitivity of Wfs1 mutant mice to the menthol stimulation. We found that Wfs1 mutant mice have elevated metabolic activity in metabolic cages. Moreover, menthol induced significant increase in basal metabolic activity in Wfs1 mutant mice. Over-activation of TRPM8 receptor can explain increased metabolic rate in Wfs1 mutant mice and their reduced body weight.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: FASEB
Copyright: © 2014 by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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