, Volume 61, Issue 6, pp 1277–1281 | Cite as

Can targeting ANGPTL proteins improve glucose tolerance?

  • Brandon S. J. DaviesEmail author


Three members of the angiopoietin-like (ANGPTL) family of proteins, ANGPTL3, ANGPTL4 and ANGPTL8, are known regulators of plasma triacylglycerol levels. Recently, these three proteins have garnered considerable interest as potential targets for therapeutically reducing plasma triacylglycerol levels and improving cardiovascular outcomes. In this issue of Diabetologia, Janssen et al ( and Vatner et al ( show that reducing levels of ANGPTL4 and ANGPTL8, respectively, could have the added benefit of improving glucose tolerance. Interestingly, the improvements in glucose tolerance observed in both studies, both done in rodents, were coupled with increased fat mass. These findings suggest that funnelling lipids to adipose tissue and away from ectopic sites could be beneficial and strengthen the argument for pursuing the therapeutic targeting of ANGPTL proteins.


Diabetes Gut microbiota Insulin sensitivity Lipolysis Lipoprotein lipase Lipoproteins 



Angiopoietin-like 3/4/8


Antisense oligonucleotide


Lipoprotein lipase


Contribution statement

The author was the sole contributor to this paper.


Funding for the Davies’ lab work on angiopoietin-like proteins is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01HL130146 and R01HL134787). The content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Duality of interest

The author declares that there is no duality of interest associated with this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, and Obesity Research and Education InitiativeUniversity of Iowa Carver College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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