Signaling Pathways in the Functions of Adipocytes in the Emanuelli Group

The Emanuelli Group investigates the complex nature of the signalling involved in the endocrine control of metabolic functions, with a special focus on defining the signals and signalling pathways that orchestrate the functions of adipocytes in metabolic homeostasis and disease.

CBMR researcher working in a lab








The adipose tissue is critically contributing to the regulation of energy homeostasis through energy storing/burning capacities, and via endocrine signaling.

Combining high throughput and unbiased approaches, with functional interrogation via CRISPR-mediated gene editing and manipulation in cells and animals, the focus of the Emanuelli Group is to decipher the molecular mechanisms controlling the functions of white, brown and beige fat cells in health and disease.

Brice Emanuelli explains: “Recognizing the factors optimizing or dysregulating the adipose metabolic and adaptive processes holds promise to open novel strategies to halt obesity and associated metabolic disorders.”











“Afadin is a scaffold protein repressing insulin action via HDAC6 in adipose tissue”
Published in EMBO Reports in 2019 this study shows that the scaffold protein Afadin dampens insulin action in adipocytes and impairs adipose tissue function by a negative feedback mechanism involving Afadin phosphorylation, recruitment of HDAC6 and suppression of the insulin signaling pathway.

“Distinct signalling properties of insulin receptor substrate (IRS)-1 and IRS-2 in mediating insulin/IGF-1 action”
In this study published in Cellular Signalling in 2018 we used phosphoproteomic analysis to reveal novel elements of the insulin/IGF-1 signalling pathway. The study reveals both common and distinct insulin/IGF-1 signalling events mediated by specific IRS proteins.

“White adipose remodeling during browning in mice involves YBX1 to drive thermogenic commitment”
In this work published in Molecular Metabolism in 2021, we delineated the temporal proteomic changes occurring during the cold-stimulated browning of white adipose tissue in mice. We found that a core of transcriptional regulators was acutely induced. Among those, our findings further revealed the role of the cold-shock domain containing protein YBX1 as a novel factor impacting the adipogenic fate toward the thermogenic lineage.















































Group leader Brice Emanuelli

Group Leader

Brice Emanuelli
Associate Professor

Phone +45 3533 7016

Group members

Name Title Phone E-mail
Agueda Oyarzabal, Marina PhD Student +4535336279 E-mail
Ardenkjær-Skinnerup, Jacob External, Ph.d Student   E-mail
Bossi, Simone Postdoc   E-mail
Brown, Erin Louise Postdoc +4535332587 E-mail
Fitzner, Emil Master Student   E-mail
Henriksen, Tora Ida External   E-mail
Isidor, Marie Sophie Lykke Assistant Professor +4535336550 E-mail
Petersen, Patricia S. S. Academic Staff +4535330226 E-mail
Plucinska, Kaja International Researcher +4535334918 E-mail
Rupar, Kaja PhD Student +4535326255 E-mail
Tandio, David PhD Fellow +4535336954 E-mail
Tozzi, Marco External +4535334725 E-mail
Group photo of the Brice Group

From the left: Morten Dall, Kaja Plucinska, Brice Emanuelli, Erin Louise Brown, Kaja Rupar and Marie Sophie Lykke Isidor.