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Mol Endocrinol. 2005 Apr;19(4):982-91. Epub 2004 Dec 23.

Deletion of the RIIbeta-subunit of protein kinase A decreases body weight and increases energy expenditure in the obese, leptin-deficient ob/ob mouse.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA.


Disruption of the RIIbeta regulatory subunit of protein kinase A (PKA) results in mice with a lean phenotype, nocturnal hyperactivity, and increased resting metabolic rate. In this report, we have examined whether deletion of RIIbeta would lead to increased metabolism and rescue the obese phenotype of the leptin-deficient ob/ob (ob) mouse. Body weight gain and food consumption were decreased, whereas basal oxygen consumption and nocturnal locomotor activity were increased in the double mutant animals compared with ob mice. The ob mice are unable to maintain body temperature when placed in a cold environment due to a loss of brown adipose tissue activation, and this cold sensitivity was partially rescued by concomitant disruption of RIIbeta. These findings indicate that PKA modifies the phenotype of the leptin-deficient mouse, leading to increases in both thermogenesis and energy expenditure.

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