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Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) is a secreted signaling protein that is implicated in cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorder, and cancer. Outside of its role in lipid metabolism, ANGPTL4 signaling remains poorly understood. Here, we identify ANGPTL4 as a Wnt signaling antagonist that binds to syndecans and forms a ternary complex with the Wnt co-receptor Lipoprotein receptor-related protein 6 (LRP6). This protein complex is internalized via clathrin-mediated endocytosis and degraded in lysosomes, leading to attenuation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Angptl4 is expressed in the Spemann organizer of Xenopus embryos and acts as a Wnt antagonist to promote notochord formation and prevent muscle differentiation. This unexpected function of ANGPTL4 invites re-interpretation of its diverse physiological effects in light of Wnt signaling and may open therapeutic avenues for human disease. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Nadine Kirsch, Ling-Shih Chang, Stefan Koch, Andrey Glinka, Christine Dolde, Gabriele Colozza, Maria D J Benitez, Edward M De Robertis, Christof Niehrs. Angiopoietin-like 4 Is a Wnt Signaling Antagonist that Promotes LRP6 Turnover. Developmental cell. 2017 Oct 09;43(1):71-82.e6

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