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Publications in Dietary Iron by NOMIS researchers

NOMIS Researcher(s)

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March 18, 2022

Maintenance of energy balance is essential for overall organismal health. Mammals have evolved complex regulatory mechanisms that control energy intake and expenditure. Traditionally, studies have focused on understanding the role of macronutrient physiology in energy balance. In the present study, we examined the role of the essential micronutrient iron in regulating energy balance. We found that a short course of dietary iron caused a negative energy balance resulting in a severe whole body wasting phenotype. This disruption in energy balance was because of impaired intestinal nutrient absorption. In response to dietary iron-induced negative energy balance, adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) was necessary for wasting of subcutaneous white adipose tissue and lipid mobilization. Fat-specific ATGL deficiency protected mice from fat wasting, but caused a severe cachectic response in mice when fed iron. Our work reveals a mechanism for micronutrient control of lipolysis that is necessary for regulating mammalian energy balance.

Research field(s)
Health Sciences, Biomedical Research, Developmental Biology