ASXL2 is an ETP family protein that interacts with PPARγ. We find that ASXL2-/- mice are insulin resistant, lipodystrophic, and fail to respond to a high-fat diet. Consistent with genetic variation at the ASXL2 locus and human bone mineral density, ASXL2-/- mice are also severely osteopetrotic because of failed osteoclast differentiation attended by normal bone formation. ASXL2 regulates the osteoclast via two distinct signaling pathways. It induces osteoclast formation in a PPARγ/c-Fos-dependent manner and is required for RANK ligand- and thiazolidinedione-induced bone resorption independent of PGC-1β. ASXL2 also promotes osteoclast mitochondrial biogenesis in a process mediated by PGC-1β but independent of c-Fos. Thus, ASXL2 is a master regulator of skeletal, lipid, and glucose homeostasis. ASXL2 regulates glucose homeostasis, adipogenesis, and osteoclast differentiation by activating PPARγ. Izawa et al. find that ASXL2-deficient mice are insulin resistant, lipodystrophic, and osteopetrotic. ASXL2 promotes osteoclast formation in a Fos-dependent manner independent of PGC-1β. ASXL2 enhances osteoclast mitochondrial biogenesis in a process mediated by PGC-1β but independent of c-Fos.
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