Olfactory receptor 43 reduces hepatic lipid accumulation and adiposity in mice

Chunyan Wu, Trung Thanh Thach, Yeon Ji Kim, Sung Joon Lee

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Olfactory receptors are primarily expressed in nasal olfactory epithelium, but these receptors are also ectopically expressed in diverse tissues. In this study, we investigated the biological functions of Olfr43, a mouse homolog of human OR1A1, in cultured hepatocytes and mice to assess its functionality in lipid metabolism. Olfr43 was expressed in mouse hepatocytes, and Olfr43 activation by a known ligand, (−)-carvone, stimulated cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) activity. In ligand-receptor binding studies using site-directed mutagenesis, (−)-carvone binding required two residues, M257 and Y258, in Olfr43. In the mouse study, oral administration of (−)-carvone for 5 weeks in high-fat diet-fed mice improved energy metabolism, including reductions in hepatic steatosis and adiposity, and improved glucose and insulin tolerance. In mouse livers and cultured mouse hepatocytes, Olfr43 activation simulated the CREB-hairy and enhancer of split 1 (HES1)-peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ signaling axis, leading to a reduction in hepatic triglyceride accumulation in the mouse liver. Thus, long-term administration of (−)-carvone reduces hepatic steatosis. The knockdown of Olfr43 gene expression in cultured hepatocytes negated these effects of (−)-carvone. In conclusion, an ectopic olfactory receptor, hepatic Olfr43, regulates energy metabolism via the CREB-HES1-PPARγ signaling axis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-499
Number of pages11
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr


  • (−)-carvone
  • Lipid accumulation
  • Olfactory receptor
  • Olfr43
  • cAMP response element-binding protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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