The Beneficial Effects of Apical Sodium-Dependent Bile Acid Transporter Inactivation Depend on Dietary Fat Composition

Ivo P van de Peppel*, Anuradha Rao, Marleen B Dommerholt, Laura Bongiovanni, Rachel Thomas, Alain de Bruin, Saul J Karpen, Paul A Dawson, Henkjan J Verkade, Johan W Jonker

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Scope The apical sodium-dependent bile acid transporter (ASBT, SLC10A2) is important in the enterohepatic cycling of bile acids and thereby in the intestinal absorption of lipids. ASBT inhibition has been shown to improve aspects of the metabolic syndrome, but the underlying mechanisms have remained unclear. Here, the effect of ASBT inhibition on the uptake of specific fatty acids and its consequences for diet-induced obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are investigated.

Methods Intestinal fat absorption is determined in mice receiving an ASBT inhibitor and in Asbt(-/-) mice. Metabolic disease development is determined in Asbt(-/-) mice receiving a low-fat control diet (LFD) or high-fat diet (HFD) rich in saturated fatty acids (SFAs) or PUFAs.

Results Both ASBT inhibition and Asbt gene inactivation reduce total fat absorption, particularly of SFAs. Asbt gene inactivation lowers bodyweight gain, improves insulin sensitivity, and decreases the NAFLD activity score upon feeding a HFD rich in SFAs, but not in PUFAs.

Conclusions The beneficial metabolic effects of ASBT inactivation on diet-induced obesity depend on decreased intestinal absorption of SFAs, and thus on the dietary fatty acid composition. These findings highlight the importance of dietary fatty acid composition in the therapeutic effects of ASBT inhibition.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2000750
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Nutrition & Food Research
Issue number24
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2020


  • bile acid
  • enterohepatic circulation
  • fat absorption
  • obesity
  • steatosis

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