Regulation of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha-mediated pathways in alcohol fed cytochrome P450 2E1 deficient mice

Hepatology Research : the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Y -J.Y. WanS W French


Fatty acids are substrates and inducers for cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) and peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha). Previously, we have shown that the ethanol-induced CYP2E1 expression in rat is accompanied by the inhibition of the expression of the PPARalpha gene and the reduction in polyunsaturated fatty acid content. To further analyze the effect of CYP2E1 and ethanol in PPARalpha-mediated fatty acid homeostasis, the expression of PPARalpha and retinoid x receptor alpha (RXRalpha) and their target genes was examined in ethanol fed CYP2E1 deficient mice. Our data demonstrated that the expression of PPARalpha and RXRalpha genes was activated in the livers of CYP2E1-null mice suggesting a compensatory effect for the absence of CYP2El. In addition, the expression of PPARalpha target genes, which included the liver fatty acid-binding protein, malic enzyme, and CYP4A1 genes, was induced indicating the activation of PPARalpha-mediated pathways in CYP2E1 deficient mice. Ethanol inhibited the expression of some of the PPARalpha target genes in wild-type mouse livers, and the inhibitory effect of ethanol was particularly prominent in the CYP2E1-null mice. Morphologically, centrilobular fat accumulation was detec...Continue Reading


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