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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Differential induction of stearoyl-CoA desaturase and acyl-CoA oxidase genes by fibrates in HepG2 cells.

We studied whether two typical effects of fibrates, induction of stearoyl-CoA desaturase (EC and peroxisome proliferation, are related. The effect of bezafibrate on the activity and mRNA of stearoyl-CoA desaturase and acyl-CoA oxidase in the liver and epididymal white adipose tissue of male Sprague-Dawley rats was determined. The same parameters were measured in HepG2 cells, a cell line resistant to peroxisome proliferation, following incubation with ciprofibrate. Bezafibrate increased the hepatic mRNA levels (14.5-fold on day 7) and activity (9.3-fold on day 15) of acyl-CoA oxidase. Stearoyl-CoA desaturase mRNA levels were transiently increased (2.7-fold on day 7), while its activity remained increased at the end of the treatment (2.4-fold). In white adipose tissue, bezafibrate increased the mRNA (5-fold) and activity (1.9-fold) of acyl-CoA oxidase, while stearoyl-CoA desaturase was not modified. Ciprofibrate addition to HepG2 cells cultured in 7% fetal bovine serum (FBS) only increased the stearoyl-CoA desaturase mRNA (1.9-fold). When cells were cultured in 0.5% FBS, ciprofibrate increased acyl-CoA oxidase mRNA (2.2-fold), while the increase in stearoyl-CoA desaturase mRNA was identical (1.9-fold). Further, its activity was also increased (1.5-fold). Incubation of HepG2 cells in the presence of cycloheximide did not alter the capacity of ciprofibrate to induce stearoyl-CoA desaturase mRNA, whereas the presence of actinomycin abolished the induction. In addition, preincubation of HepG2 cells with ciprofibrate increased the rate of stearoyl-CoA desaturase mRNA degradation. The results presented in this study suggest that fibrates induce stearoyl-CoA desaturase activity and mRNA levels independently of peroxisome proliferation.[1]


  1. Differential induction of stearoyl-CoA desaturase and acyl-CoA oxidase genes by fibrates in HepG2 cells. Rodríguez, C., Cabrero, A., Roglans, N., Adzet, T., Sánchez, R.M., Vázquez, M., Ciudad, C.J., Laguna, J.C. Biochem. Pharmacol. (2001) [Pubmed]
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