The present study aims to investigate the role of AKT2 in the pathogenesis of hepatic and cardiac lipotoxicity induced by lipid overload-induced obesity and identify its downstream targets. WT and Akt2 KO mice were fed either normal diet, or high-fat diet (HFD) to induce obesity model in vivo. Human hepatic cell line (L02 cells) and neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRCMs) were used as in vitro models. We observed that during HFD-induced obesity, Akt2 loss-of-function mitigated lipid accumulation and oxidative stress in the liver and heart tissue. Mechanistically, down-regulation of Akt2 promotes SIRT6 expression in L02 cells and NRCMs, the latter deacetylates SOD2, which promotes SOD2 activity and therefore alleviates oxidative stress-induced injury of hepatocytes and cardiomyocytes. Furthermore, we also proved that AKT2 inhibitor protects hepatocytes and cardiomyocytes from HFD-induced oxidative stress. Therefore, our work prove that AKT2 plays an important role in the regulation of obesity-induced lipid metabolic disorder in the liver and heart. Our study also indicates AKT2 inhibitor as a potential therapy for obesity-induced hepatic and cardiac injury.

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