Insulin induction of SREBP-1c in rodent liver requires LXRα-c/EBPβ complex

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Insulin increases lipid synthesis in liver by activating transcription of the gene encoding sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c (SREBP-1c). SREBP-1c activates the transcription of all genes necessary for fatty acid synthesis. Insulin induction of SREBP-1c requires LXRα, a nuclear receptor. Transcription of SREBP-1c also requires transcription factor C/EBPβ, but a connection between LXRα and C/EBPβ has not been made. Here we show that LXRα and C/EBPβ form a complex that can be immunoprecipitated from rat liver nuclei. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays showed that the LXRα-C/EBPβ complex binds to the SREBP-1c promoter in a region that contains two binding sites for LXRα and is known to be required for insulin induction. Knockdown of C/EBPβ in fresh rat hepatocytes ormouse livers in vivo reduces the ability of insulin to increase SREBP-1c mRNA. The LXRα-C/EBPβ complex is bound to the SREBP-1c promoter in the absence or presence of insulin, indicating that insulin acts not by increasing the formation of this complex, but rather by activating it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8182-8187
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 19 2016


  • Chromatin immunoprecipitation
  • Fasting and refeeding
  • Fatty acid synthesis
  • Rat hepatocytes
  • Transcription

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