Angptl8 mediates food-driven resetting of hepatic circadian clock in mice

Nat Commun. 2019 Aug 6;10(1):3518. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11513-1.


Diurnal light-dark cycle resets the master clock, while timed food intake is another potent synchronizer of peripheral clocks in mammals. As the largest metabolic organ, the liver sensitively responds to the food signals and secretes hepatokines, leading to the robust regulation of metabolic and clock processes. However, it remains unknown which hepatokine mediates the food-driven resetting of the liver clock independent of the master clock. Here, we identify Angptl8 as a hepatokine that resets diurnal rhythms of hepatic clock and metabolic genes in mice. Mechanistically, the resetting function of Angptl8 is dependent on the signal relay of the membrane receptor PirB, phosphorylation of kinases and transcriptional factors, and consequently transient activation of the central clock gene Per1. Importantly, inhibition of Angptl8 signaling partially blocks food-entrained resetting of liver clock in mice. We have thus identified Angptl8 as a key regulator of the liver clock in response to food.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Angiopoietin-Like Protein 8
  • Angiopoietin-like Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Angiopoietin-like Proteins / genetics
  • Angiopoietin-like Proteins / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Circadian Clocks / drug effects
  • Circadian Clocks / physiology*
  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology*
  • Gene Knockdown Techniques
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Liver / physiology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Models, Animal
  • Period Circadian Proteins / metabolism
  • Phosphorylation
  • Photoperiod
  • Receptors, Immunologic / metabolism


  • ANGPTL8 protein, mouse
  • Angiopoietin-Like Protein 8
  • Angiopoietin-like Proteins
  • Per1 protein, mouse
  • Period Circadian Proteins
  • Pirb protein, mouse
  • Receptors, Immunologic