Expanding roles for SREBP in metabolism

Department of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 725 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.
Cell Metabolism (Impact Factor: 17.57). 10/2012; 16(4):414-419. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2012.09.002.


Sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) transcription factors regulate cellular lipogenesis and lipid homeostasis. Recent studies reveal expanding roles for SREBPs with the description of new regulatory mechanisms, the identification of unexpected transcriptional targets, and the discovery of functions for SREBPs in type II diabetes, cancer, immunity, neuroprotection, and autophagy.

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    • "The sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SreBPs), a family of membrane-bound, basic helix-loop-helix leucine zipper (bHlH-lZ) transcription factors, play a critical role in controlling cholesterol and lipid metabolism and are involved in several biological processes and disease states (Bengoechea-Alonso and ericsson 2007; Shao and espenshade 2012). Three major SreBP proteins (SreBP1a, SreBP1c, and SreBP2) are encoded by the Srebf1 and Srebf2 genes, and most data suggest that the regulatory functions of the two SreBP1 isoforms are primarily in fatty acid metabolism and SreBP2 is mainly in cholesterol metabolism (Jeon and Osborne 2012; Shao and espenshade 2012). Tissue distribution of the three mammalian SreBPs differs, with SreBP1c the predominant isoform in most adult nondividing metabolic tissues such as liver and adipose (Jeon and Osborne 2012; raghow et al. 2008). "
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    • "The sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SREBPs) are transcription factors that regulate expression of the majority of enzymes necessary for fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis, with SREBP1c mainly regulating enzymes of the fatty acid synthesis pathway and SREBP2 primarily cholesterol synthesis enzymes (Shao and Espenshade, 2012). SREBPs are synthesized as inactive full-length precursors bound to SCAP (SREBP cleavage-activating protein) and INSIG (insulin-induced gene) in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) (Shao and Espenshade, 2012). In a sterol-dependent fashion, the SREBPs are transported to the Golgi for proteolytic processing. "
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