Type I collagen inhibits adipogenic differentiation via YAP activation in vitro

Xiaoling Liu, Xinyu Long, Yanfang Gao, Weiwei Liu, Toshihiko Hayashi, Kazunori Mizuno, Shunji Hattori, Hitomi Fujisaki, Takayuki Ogura, Satoshi Onodera, Dan Ohtan Wang, Takashi Ikejima

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Extracellular matrix (ECM) has a marked influence on adipose tissue development. Adipose tissue formation is initiated with proliferation of preadipocytes and migration before undergoing further differentiation into mature adipocytes. Previous studies showed that collagen I (col I) provides a good substratum for 3T3-L1 preadipocytes to grow and migrate. However, it remains unclear whether and how col I regulates adipogenic differentiation of preadipocytes. This study reports that lipid accumulation, representing in vitro adipogenesis of the 3T3-L1 preadipocytes or the mouse primary adipocyte precursor cells derived from subcutaneous adipose tissue in the inguinal region is inhibited by the culture on col I, owing to downregulation of adipogenic factors. Previous study shows that col I enhances 3T3-L1 cell migration via stimulating the nuclear translocation of yes-associated protein (YAP). In this study, we report that downregulation of YAP is associated with in vitro adipogenesis of preadipocytes as well as with in vivo adipose tissue of high-fat diet fed mice. Increased expression of YAP in the cells cultured on col I-coated dishes is correlated with repression of adipogenic differentiation processes. The inactivation of YAP using YAP inhibitor, verteporfin, or YAP small-interfering RNA enhanced adipogenic differentiation and reversed the inhibitory effect of col I. Activation of YAP either by the transfection of YAP plasmid or the silence of large tumor suppressor 1 (LATS1), an inhibitory kinase of YAP, inhibited adipogenic differentiation. The results indicate that col I inhibits adipogenic differentiation via YAP activation in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1821-1837
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • adipogenic differentiation
  • collage I
  • preadipocyte
  • YAP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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