Cardiolipin Synthesis in Brown and Beige Fat Mitochondria Is Essential for Systemic Energy Homeostasis

Elahu G. Sustarsic, Tao Ma, Matthew D. Lynes, Michael Larsen, Iuliia Karavaeva, Jesper F. Havelund, Carsten H. Nielsen, Mark P. Jedrychowski, Marta Moreno-Torres, Morten Lundh, Kaja Plucinska, Naja Z. Jespersen, Trisha J. Grevengoed, Barbara Kramar, Julia Peics, Jakob B. Hansen, Farnaz Shamsi, Isabel Forss, Ditte Neess, Susanne KeipertJianing Wang, Katharina Stohlmann, Ivan Brandslund, Cramer Christensen, Marit E. Jørgensen, Allan Linneberg, Oluf Pedersen, Michael A. Kiebish, Klaus Qvortrup, Xianlin Han, Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Martin Jastroch, Susanne Mandrup, Andreas Kjær, Steven P. Gygi, Torben Hansen, Matthew P. Gillum, Niels Grarup, Brice Emanuelli, Søren Nielsen, Camilla Scheele, Yu Hua Tseng, Nils J. Færgeman, Zachary Gerhart-Hines

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Sustarsic et al. reveal that synthesis of the mitochondrial phospholipid cardiolipin is a hallmark of brown and beige fat activation by cold temperature. This single lipid species in thermogenic fat not only shapes adipose mitochondrial bioenergetics but also exerts profound control over whole-body insulin sensitivity and metabolic flexibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-174.e11
JournalCell Metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018


  • CHOP-10
  • CRLS1
  • beige adipose
  • brown adipose
  • cardiolipin
  • insulin resistance
  • lipid metabolism
  • mitochondria
  • phospholipids
  • thermogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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