C/EBPα regulates SIRT1 expression during adipogenesis

Qihuang Jin, Fang Zhang, Tingting Yan, Zhen Liu, Chunxi Wang, Xinjian Ge, Qiwei Zhai

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SIRT1 plays an important role in adipogenesis, but how SIRT1 is regulated in adipogenesis is largely unknown. In this study, we show that both SIRT1 protein and mRNA levels were increased along with CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein α (C/EBPα) during adipocyte differentiation. C/EBPα, but not C/EBPαp30, activated SIRT1 promoter in both HeLa cells and 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Furthermore, C/EBPα upregulated SIRT1 mRNA and protein levels in HeLa cells and increased SIRT1 expression in a p53-independent manner in Soas2 cells. In preadipocytes, ectopic expression of C/EBPα upregulated SIRT1 protein level and knockdown of C/EBPα led to the decrease of SIRT1 protein level. Moreover, by promoter deletion analysis, gel shift assay and chromatin immunoprecipitation, we found that C/EBPα bound to the SIRT1 promoter at a consensus C/EBPα binding site. These data demonstrate that C/EBPα regulates SIRT1 expression during adipogenesis by directly binding to the SIRT1 promoter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-479
Number of pages10
JournalCell Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Adipogenesis
  • C/EBPα
  • Obesity
  • SIRT1
  • Transcriptional regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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