Adiponectin-induced endothelial nitric oxide synthase activation and nitric oxide production are mediated by APPL1 in endothelial cells

King Yip Cheng, Karen S.L. Lam, Yu Wang, Yu Huang, David Carling, Donghai Wu, Chiwai Wong, Aimin Xu

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Adiponectin protects the vascular system partly through stimulation of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) production and endothelium-dependent vasodilation. The current study investigated the role of two recently identified adiponectin receptors, AdipoR1 and -R2, and their downstream effectors in mediating the endothelium actions of adiponectin. In human umbilical vein endothelial cells, adiponectin-induced phosphorylation of endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) at Ser1177and NO production were abrogated when expression of AdipoR1 and -R2 were simultaneously suppressed. Proteomic analysis demonstrated that the cytoplasmic tails of both AdipoR1 and -R2 interacted with APPL1, an adaptor protein that contains a PH (pleckstrin homology) domain, a PTB (phosphotyrosine-binding) domain, and a Leucine zipper motif. Suppression of APPL1 expression by RNA interference significantly attenuated adiponectin-induced phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) at Thr172and eNOS at Ser1177, and the complex formation between eNOS and heat shock protein 90, resulting in a marked reduction of NO production. Adenovirus-mediated overexpression of a constitutively active version of AMPK reversed these changes. In db/db diabetic mice, both APPL1 expression and adiponectin-induced vasodilation were significantly decreased compared with their lean littermates. Taken together, these results suggest that APPL1 acts as a common downstream effector of AdipoR1 and -R2, mediating adiponectin-evoked endothelial NO production and endothelium-dependent vasodilation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387-1394
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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