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The peroxisomal transporter ABCD3 plays a major role in dicarboxylic fatty acid metabolism

By Pablo Ranea-Robles, Hongjie Chen, Brandon Stauffer, Chunli Yu, Dipankar Bhattacharya, Scott L. Friedman, Michelle Puchowicz, Sander Houten

Posted 26 Jul 2021
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.07.26.452046

Peroxisomes metabolize a specific subset of fatty acids, which include dicarboxylic fatty acids (DCAs) generated by {omega}-oxidation. Data obtained in vitro suggest that the peroxisomal transporter ABCD3 (also known as PMP70) mediates the transport of DCAs into the peroxisome, but in vivo evidence to support this role is lacking. In this study, we studied an Abcd3 KO mouse model generated by CRISPR-Cas9 technology using targeted and untargeted metabolomics, histology, immunoblotting, and stable isotope tracing technology. We show that ABCD3 functions in DCA metabolism and uncover a novel role for this peroxisomal transporter in lipid metabolic homeostasis. The Abcd3 KO mouse presents with lipodystrophy, increased circulating free fatty acids, decreased ketone bodies, enhanced hepatic cholesterol synthesis and decreased hepatic de novo lipogenesis. Moreover, our study suggests that DCAs are metabolized by mitochondrial {beta}-oxidation when ABCD3 is not functional, reflecting the importance of the metabolic compartmentalization and communication between peroxisomes and mitochondria. In summary, this study provides data on the role of the peroxisomal transporter ABCD3 in hepatic lipid homeostasis and DCA metabolism, and the consequences of peroxisomal dysfunction for the liver.

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