Differential lncRNA expression profiles in brown and white adipose tissues

Mol Genet Genomics. 2015 Apr;290(2):699-707. doi: 10.1007/s00438-014-0954-x. Epub 2014 Dec 4.


Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are an important class of pervasive genes involved in a variety of biological functions. It can serve as key co-activators of proteins involved in transcriptional regulation. Studies have found that white and brown adipocytes both originate from the mesoderm. However, it remains unclear whether lncRNAs function during adipogenesis or in energy metabolism in brown adipose tissue (BAT) and white adipose tissue (WAT). In this study, we used lncRNA microarray technology to evaluate differences in the lncRNA expression profiles of WAT and BAT. We observed 735 up-regulated and 877 down-regulated lncRNAs (fold change >4.0). To reveal the potential functions of these lncRNAs, we applied GO and pathway analyses to study the differentially expressed lncRNAs. We found that AK142386 and AK133540 may affect adipogenesis and metabolism. Our data indicate that AK142386 and AK133540 may be involved in BAT and WAT development through their target genes Hoxa3 and Acad10. Together, we have identified numerous lncRNAs and these lncRNAs can potentially serve as a required component for proper adipogenesis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue, Brown / metabolism*
  • Adipose Tissue, White / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Gene Ontology
  • Male
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • RNA, Long Noncoding / genetics*
  • RNA, Long Noncoding / metabolism
  • Transcriptome*


  • RNA, Long Noncoding