Effect of chronic intermittent hypoxia on triglyceride uptake in different tissues

Qiaoling Yao, Mi Kyung Shin, Jonathan C. Jun, Karen L. Hernandez, Neil R. Aggarwal, Jason R. Mock, Jason Gay, Luciano F. Drager, Vsevolod Y. Polotsky

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

39 Scopus citations


Chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) inhibits plasma lipoprotein clearance and adipose lipoprotein lipase (LPL) activity in association with upregulation of an LPL inhibitor angiopoietin-like protein 4 (Angptl4). We hypothesize that CIH inhibits triglyceride (TG) uptake via Angptl4 and that an anti-Angptl4-neutralizing antibody would abolish the effects of CIH. Male C57BL/6J mice were exposed to four weeks of CIH or intermittent air (IA) while treated with Ab (30 mg/kg ip once a week). TG clearance was assessed by [H 3 ]triolein administration retroorbitally. CIH delayed TG clearance and suppressed TG uptake and LPL activity in all white adipose tissue depots, brown adipose tissue, and lungs, whereas heart, liver, and spleen were not affected. CD146+ CD11b α pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells were responsible for TG uptake in the lungs and its inhibition by CIH. Antibody to Angptl4 decreased plasma TG levels and increased TG clearance and uptake into adipose tissue and lungs in both control and CIH mice to a similar extent, but did not reverse the effects of CIH. The antibody reversed the effects of CIH on LPL in adipose tissue and lungs. In conclusion, CIH inactivates LPL by upregulating Angptl4, but inhibition of TG uptake occurs predominantly via an Angptl4/LPL-independent mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1058-1065
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Angiopoietin like protein 4
  • Brown adipose tissue
  • Lipoprotein clearance
  • Lipoprotein lipase
  • Lungs
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells
  • White adipose tissue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'Effect of chronic intermittent hypoxia on triglyceride uptake in different tissues'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this