Drosophila STING protein has a role in lipid metabolism

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  • ABSTRACTStimulator of interferon genes (STING) plays an important role in innate immunity by controlling type I interferon response against invaded pathogens. In this work we describe a direct but previously unknown role of STING in lipid metabolism in Drosophila. Flies with STING deletion are sensitive to starvation and oxidative stress, have reduced lipid storage and downregulated expression of lipid metabolism genes. We found that Drosophila STING interacts with lipid synthesizing enzymes acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) and fatty acid synthase (FAS). ACC and FAS also interact with each other, indicating that all three proteins may be components of a large multi-enzyme complex. The deletion of Drosophila STING leads to disturbed ACC localization and decreased FAS enzyme activity. Together, our results demonstrate a direct role of STING in lipid metabolism in Drosophila.
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  • Akhmetova K; Balasov M; Chesnokov I