Anabolic function of the type II isozyme of hexokinase in hepatic lipid synthesis

Siby Sebastian, Jay D. Horton, John E. Wilson

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The mRNA encoding the Type II isozyme of hexokinase was markedly elevated in livers of transgenic mice overexpressing the transcriptionally active nuclear form of sterol regulatory element binding protein-1a (nSREBP-1a), but not in transgenic mice overexpressing the nSREBP-1c or nSREBP-2 isoforms. Cellulose acetate electrophoresis and immunoblotting results confirmed selective increase of the Type II isozyme in livers of transgenic mice expressing nSREBP-1a. SREBP-1a has previously been shown to activate transcription of genes encoding enzymes involved in biosynthesis of fatty acids and glycerolipids and to a lesser extent the enzymes of cholesterol biosynthesis. Thus, these results are consistent with the view that the Type II isozyme serves an anabolic function, providing precursors and reducing equivalents required for increased rates of hepatic lipid synthesis. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)886-891
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 21 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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