Small interfering RNA knockdown of calcium-independent phospholipases A2 β or γ inhibits the hormone-induced differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes

Xiong Su, David J. Mancuso, Perry E. Bickel, Christopher Jenkins, Richard W. Gross

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Alterations in lipid secondary messenger generation and lipid metabolic flux are essential in promoting the differentiation of adipocytes. To determine whether specific subtypes of intracellular phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) facilitate hormone-induced differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells into adipocytes, we examined alterations in the mRNA level, protein mass, and activity of three previously characterized mammalian intracellular PLA 2s. Hormone-induced differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells resulted in 7.3 ± 0.5- and 7.4 ± 1.4-fold increases of mRNA encoding the calcium-independent phospholipases, iPLA2β and iPLA2γ, respectively. In contrast, the temporally coordinated loss of at least 90% of cPLA2α mRNA was manifest. Western analysis demonstrated the near absence of both iPLA2β and iPLA2γ protein mass in resting 3T3-L1 cells that increased dramatically during differentiation. In vitro measurement of PLA2 activities demonstrated an increase in both]PLA2β and iPLA2n γ activities that were discriminated using the chiral mechanism based inhibitors (S)- and (R)-BEL, respectively. Remarkably, treatment of 3T3-L1 cells with small interfering RNA directed against either iPLA2β or iPLA2γ prevented hormone-induced differentiation. Moreover, analysis of the temporally programmed expression of transcription factors demonstrated that the small interfering RNA knockdown of iPLA2β or iPLA2γ resulted in down-regulation of the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ and the CCAAT enhancer-binding protein α (C/EBPα). No alterations in the expression of the early stage transcription factors C/EBPβ and C/EBPδ were observed. Collectively, these results demonstrate prominent alterations in intracellular PLA 2s during 3T3-L1 cell differentiation into adipocytes and identify the requirement of iPLA2β and iPLA2γ for the adipogenic program that drives resting 3T3-L1 cells into adipocytes after hormone stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21740-21748
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 21 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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