SMP30 deficiency in mice causes an accumulation of neutral lipids and phospholipids in the liver and shortens the life span

Akihito Ishigami, Yoshitaka Kondo, Reiko Nanba, Takako Ohsawa, Setsuko Handa, Sachiho Kubo, Masumi Akita, Naoki Maruyama*

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Senescence marker protein-30 (SMP30) is an androgen-independent factor that decreases with aging. SMP30-deficient (SMP30Y/-) mice are viable and fertile but lower in body weight and shorter in life span than the wild-type. In the electron microscope, hepatocytes from SMP30Y/- but not the wild-type mice at 12 months of age clearly contained many lipid droplets, abnormally enlarged mitochondria with indistinct cristae, and enlarged lysosomes filled with electron-dense bodies. In liver specimens from SMP30Y/- mice, the marked number of lipid droplets visible around the central vein increased notably in size and amount as the animals aged. Biochemical analysis of neutral lipids, total hepatic triglyceride, and cholesterol from SMP30Y/- mice showed approximately 3.6- and 3.3-fold higher levels, respectively, than those from age-matched wild-type mice. Moreover, values for total hepatic phospholipids from SMP30Y/- mice were approximately 3.7-fold higher than those for their wild-type counterparts. By thin-layer chromatography analysis, phosphatidylethanolamine, cardiolipin, phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylserine, and sphingomyelin accumulations were detected separately in lipid extracts from SMP30Y/- mouse livers and provided results that strongly indicate the profound effect of an SMP30 deficiency on the metabolism of these neutral lipids and phospholipids. Conceivably, this abnormality of lipid metabolism is sufficient to curtail the life span of SMP30-deficient mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-580
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Mar 12
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Cardiolipin
  • Knockout mice
  • Neutrallipid
  • Phospholipid
  • SMP30
  • Sphingomyelin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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