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The angiopoietin-like protein 3: a hepatokine with expanding role in metabolism

Arca, Marcello; Minicocci, Ilenia; Maranghi, Marianna

doi: 10.1097/MOL.0b013e3283630cf0

Purpose of review Cumulating evidence are revealing roles of angiopoietin-like proteins (ANGPTLs) in lipid, glucose, and energy metabolism. In this review, we discuss the recent developments in understanding the specific role in metabolic processes of the liver-derived ANGPTL3.

Recent findings Several groups have reported clinical and metabolic characterization of individuals with loss-of-function variants in ANGPTL3 showing familial combined hypolipidemia, a syndrome characterized by marked reduction of all plasma lipoproteins. Their findings indicate that in humans, ANGPTL3 has a broader action on apoB and apoA-I-containing lipoproteins, as well as on free fatty acid and adipose tissue metabolism.

Summary The identification of loss-of-function ANGPTL3 mutation is shedding light on a possible role of ANGPTL3 at the crossroads of lipoproteins, fatty acids, and glucose metabolism, thus making ANGPTL3 an attractive protein to target the cardio-metabolic risk.

Dipartimento di Medicina, Interna e Specialità Mediche Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy

Correspondence to Marcello Arca, MD, Policlinico Umberto I – Viale del Policlinico, 155–00161 Rome, Italy. Tel: +39 06 445 1354; e-mail:

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