Regulation of lipogenesis via BHLHB2/DEC1 and ChREBP feedback looping

Katsumi Iizuka, Yukio Horikawa

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BHLHB2/DEC1 is a transcription factor implicated in cell proliferation, apoptosis, and metabolism, and is also known to play an important role in the regulation of the mammalian circadian rhythm. However, its precise role in metabolism remains unclear. We investigated the link between BHLHB2 and ChREBP, a glucose-activated transcription factor involved in the regulation of lipogenesis. Glucose stimulation and overexpression of dominant active ChREBP induced Bhlhb2 mRNA expression in rat hepatocytes. Deletion studies showed that ChoRE (-160 to -143 bp) in the mouse Bhlhb2 promoter region is functional in vivo. Overexpression of BHLHB2 inhibited glucose and ChREBP-mediated induction of rat Fasn and liver pyruvate kinase (Lpk) mRNA. ChIP assay demonstrated that BHLHB2 bound to ChoRE in the Fasn, Lpk, and Bhlhb2 promoter regions in vivo. In conclusion, BHLHB2 and ChREBP constitute a novel feedback loop involved in the regulation of lipogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12-09-2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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