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May 2022

Lipolysis of bone marrow adipocytes is required to fuel bone and the marrow niche during energy deficits

Ziru Li, Emily Bowers, Junxiong Zhu, View ORCID ProfileHui Yu, Julie Hardij, Devika P. Bagchi, Hiroyuki Mori, Kenneth T. Lewis, Katrina Granger, Rebecca L. Schill, Steven M. Romanelli, Simin Abrishami, Kurt D. Hankenson, View ORCID ProfileKanakadurga Singer, View ORCID ProfileClifford J. Rosen, View ORCID ProfileOrmond A. MacDougald

To investigate roles for bone marrow adipocyte (BMAd) lipolysis in bone homeostasis, we created a BMAd-specific Cre mouse model in which we knocked out adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL, Pnpla2). BMAd-Pnpla2-/- mice have impaired BMAd lipolysis, and increased size and number of BMAds at baseline. Although energy from BMAd lipid stores is largely dispensable when mice are fed ad libitum, BMAd lipolysis is necessary to maintain myelopoiesis and bone mass under caloric restriction. BMAd-specific Pnpla2 deficiency compounds the effects of caloric restriction on loss of trabecular bone, likely due to impaired osteoblast expression of collagen genes and reduced osteoid synthesis. RNA sequencing analysis of bone marrow adipose tissue reveals that caloric restriction induces dramatic elevations in extracellular matrix organization and skeletal development genes, and energy from BMAd is required for these adaptations. BMAd-derived energy supply is also required for bone regeneration upon injury, and maintenance of bone mass with cold exposure.