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We have previously identified flavin-containing monooxygenase 5 (FMO5) as a regulator of metabolic aging. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of FMO5 in glucose homeostasis and the impact of diet and gut flora on the phenotype of mice in which the Fmo5 gene has been disrupted (Fmo5 - / - mice). In comparison with wild-type (WT) counterparts, Fmo5 - / - mice are resistant to age-related changes in glucose homeostasis and maintain the higher glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity characteristic of young animals. When fed a high-fat diet, they are protected against weight gain and reduction of insulin sensitivity. The phenotype of Fmo5 - / - mice is independent of diet and the gut microbiome and is determined solely by the host genotype. Fmo5 - / - mice have metabolic characteristics similar to those of germ-free mice, indicating that FMO5 plays a role in sensing or responding to gut bacteria. In WT mice, FMO5 is present in the mucosal epithelium of the gastrointestinal tract where it is induced in response to a high-fat diet. In comparison with WT mice, Fmo5 - / - mice have fewer colonic goblet cells, and they differ in the production of the colonic hormone resistin-like molecule βFmo5 - / - mice have lower concentrations of tumor necrosis factor α in plasma and of complement component 3 in epididymal white adipose tissue, indicative of improved inflammatory tone. Our results implicate FMO5 as a regulator of body weight and of glucose disposal and insulin sensitivity and, thus, identify FMO5 as a potential novel therapeutic target for obesity and insulin resistance.

Original publication




Journal article


Drug metab dispos

Publication Date





982 - 989


Age Factors, Animals, Blood Glucose, Diet, High-Fat, Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Homeostasis, Insulin, Insulin Resistance, Intestinal Mucosa, Intestines, Male, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Knockout, Oxygenases, Phenotype, Weight Gain