Liver X Receptor (LXR) Regulates Human Adipocyte Lipolysis

Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, S-14186, Sweden.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 10/2010; 286(1):370-9. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M110.179499
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The Liver X receptor (LXR) is an important regulator of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in humans and mice. We have recently shown that activation of LXR regulates cellular fuel utilization in adipocytes. In contrast, the role of LXR in human adipocyte lipolysis, the major function of human white fat cells, is not clear. In the present study, we stimulated in vitro differentiated human and murine adipocytes with the LXR agonist GW3965 and observed an increase in basal lipolysis. Microarray analysis of human adipocyte mRNA following LXR activation revealed an altered gene expression of several lipolysis-regulating proteins, which was also confirmed by quantitative real-time PCR. We show that expression and intracellular localization of perilipin1 (PLIN1) and hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) are affected by GW3965. Although LXR activation does not influence phosphorylation status of HSL, HSL activity is required for the lipolytic effect of GW3965. This effect is abolished by PLIN1 knockdown. In addition, we demonstrate that upon activation, LXR binds to the proximal regions of the PLIN1 and HSL promoters. By selective knock-down of either LXR isoform, we show that LXRα is the major isoform mediating the lipolysis-related effects of LXR. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that activation of LXRα up-regulates basal human adipocyte lipolysis. This is at least partially mediated through LXR binding to the PLIN1 promoter and down-regulation of PLIN1 expression.

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    • "Quantitative PCR and western blot confirmed the EBF1 RNAi microarray data (i.e., a significant 30%–40% downregulation in the mRNA and protein expression of key lipolytic genes, including PLIN1 and LIPE) (Figures 4C and S4C). A combined decrease in the expression of PLIN1 and LIPE can result in increased lipolysis in human adipocytes provided that the ratio between LIPE and PLIN1 is increased at the lipid droplet surface (Stenson et al., 2011). In order to dissect mechanisms by which EBF1 controls basal lipolysis, human adipocytes were transfected with siRNAs targeting EBF1, PLIN1, or both (Figure 4C). "
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    • "The liver X receptor (LXR) is known as an important regulator of carbohydrate and adipose tissue metabolism in humans and mice. LXR includes two isoforms LXR alpha and LXR beta, as both of them express in human adipose tissue (Korach-Andre et al. 2011; Stenson et al. 2011). Serum response factor (SRF) is a member of the MADS box family of TFs originally named for its role in mediating the effects of serum stimulation. "
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    • "Cells were lysed in RIPA buffer as described previously [24] and 15–20 µg of total protein was separated by SDS-PAGE. Western blot was performed according to standard procedures. "
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