Identification of a novel lncRNA in gluteal adipose tissue and evidence for its positive effect on preadipocyte differentiation

Adeline Divoux, Kalypso Karastergiou, Hui Xie, Weimen Guo, Ranjan J. Perera, Susan K. Fried, Steven R. Smith

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Objective Peripheral lower body fat is associated with lower cardiometabolic risk. Physiological differences in gluteal compared with abdominal subcutaneous (sc) adipocyte functions are known but the molecular basis for depot differences in adipocyte function is poorly understood. Our goal is to identify novel gene regulatory pathways that underlie the heterogeneity of human fat distribution. Methods Abdominal and gluteal adipose tissue aspirates obtained from 35 subjects (age = 30 ± 1.6 years; BMI = 27.3 ± 1.3 kg/m2) were analyzed using Illumina microarrays and confirmed by RT-PCR the HOTAIR gene was stably transfected into primary cultured human abdominal sc preadipocytes using a lentivirus and effects on adipogenic differentiation were analyzed. Results A long noncoding RNA, HOTAIR that was expressed in gluteal but not in Abd sc adipose tissue was identified. This difference was retained throughout in vitro differentiation and was maximal at day 4. Ectopic expression of HOTAIR in abdominal preadipocytes produced an increase in differentiation as reflected by a higher percentage of differentiated cells, and increased expression of key adipogenic genes including PPARγ and LPL. Conclusions HOTAIR is expressed in gluteal adipose and may regulate key processes in adipocyte differentiation the role of this lncRNA in determining the metabolic properties of gluteal compared with abdominal adipocytes merits further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1781-1785
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • adipogenic differentiation
  • gluteal adipose tissue


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