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March 10, 2006

Title: Lipogenesis in mice containing a targeted disruption in SREBP-1a gene


Rayshonda Williams, Linda Hammond, Tim Osborne

Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

University of California, Irvine


Sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) are a family of membrane-bound transcription factors that regulate cholesterol and fatty acid homeostasis. (1)   In mammals, three SREBP isoforms: SREBP-1a, SREBP-1c, and SREBP-2 are known. (1)  SREBP-1a and SREBP-1c are derived from the same gene, SREBP-1, via alternatively spiced first exons. SREBP-1a is of interest because it activates genes involved in cholesterol and triglyceride synthesis.  To investigate the role of SREBP-1a, our lab is characterizing mice with a targeted insertion that disrupts SREBP-1a.  To determine the genotype of the mice, DNA was isolated and amplified using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).   We examined insulin/glucagon levels through fasting and re-feeding the mice.  From these mice, we obtained liver histology sections and stained for lipid accumulation using Oil Red-O.  SREBP-1a’s role in lipogenesis was addressed through the response of knock-out mice to high fat/high sucrose diet.  To confirm that the targeted insertion mutation result in a complete loss of SREBP-1a expression, we will perform quantitative real time PCR, to measure mRNA, and two dimensional gel electrophoresis, to measure protein.    




1) Horton,J.D., Shimomura,I., Ikemoto,S., Bashmakov,Y., and Hammer, R.E.(2003) J.Biol. Chem. 278, 36652-36660