The transcriptional coactivator peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPAR)gamma coactivator-1 alpha and the nuclear receptor PPAR alpha control the expression of glycerol kinase and metabolism genes independently of PPAR gamma activation in human white adipocytes

Mazzucotelli, A.; Viguerie, N.; Tiraby, C.; Annicotte, J. S.; Mairal, A.; Klimcakova, E.; Lepin, E.; Delmar, P.; Dejean, S.; Tavernier, G.; Lefort, C.; Hidalgo, J.; Pineau, T.; Fajas, L.; Clement, K.; Langin, D.


2007-10 / vol 56 / pages 2467-75


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this work was to determine the pattern of genes regulated by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma coactivator 1 alpha (PGC-1 alpha) in human adipocytes and the involvement of PPARalpha and PPARgamma in PGC-1 alpha transcriptional action. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Primary cultures of human adipocytes were transduced with a PGC-1 alpha adenovirus and treated with PPARgamma and PPARalpha agonists. Variation in gene expression was assessed using pangenomic microarrays and quantitative RT-PCR. To investigate glycerol kinase (GyK), a target of PGC-1 alpha, we measured enzymatic activity and glycerol incorporation into triglycerides. In vivo studies were performed on wild-type and PPARalpha(-/-) mice. The GyK promoter was studied using chromatin immunoprecipitation and promoter reporter gene assays. RESULTS: Among the large number of genes regulated by PGC-1 alpha independently of PPARgamma, new targets involved in metabolism included the gene encoding GyK. The induction of GyK by PGC-1 alpha was observed at the levels of mRNA, enzymatic activity, and glycerol incorporation into triglycerides. PPARalpha was also upregulated by PGC-1 alpha. Its activation led to an increase in GyK expression and activity. PPARalpha was shown to bind and activate the GyK promoter. Experiments in mice confirmed the role of PGC-1 alpha and PPARalpha in the regulation of GyK in vivo. CONCLUSIONS: This work uncovers novel pathways regulated by PGC-1 alpha and reveals that PPARalpha controls gene expression in human white adipocytes. The induction of GyK by PGC-1 alpha and PPARalpha may promote a futile cycle of triglyceride hydrolysis and fatty acid reesterification.

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db06-1465 [pii] 10.2337/db06-1465

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Humans; Gene Expression Regulation; *Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic; Adipocytes/*physiology; Glycerol Kinase/*genetics/metabolism; Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins/*metabolism; Nuclear Receptor Coactivators; PPAR alpha/*genetics/physiology; PPAR gamma/*genetics/*physiology

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