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J Biol Chem. 2001 Mar 9;276(10):7062-8. Epub 2000 Dec 5.

Interferon-gamma-induced regulation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma and STATs in adipocytes.

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  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 70803, USA.


Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) is known primarily for its roles in immunological responses but also has been shown to affect fat metabolism and adipocyte gene expression. To further investigate the effects of IFN-gamma on fat cells, we examined the effects of this cytokine on the expression of adipocyte transcription factors in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Although IFN-gamma regulated the expression of several adipocyte transcription factors, IFN-gamma treatment resulted in a rapid reduction of both peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) protein and mRNA. A 48-h exposure to IFN-gamma also resulted in a decrease of both CCAAT/enhancer-binding alpha and sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP-1) expression. The short half-life of both the PPARgamma mRNA and protein likely contributed to the rapid decline of both cytosolic and nuclear PPARgamma in the presence of IFN-gamma. Our studies clearly demonstrated that the IFN-gamma-induced loss of PPARgamma protein is partially inhibited in the presence of two distinct proteasome inhibitors. Moreover, IFN-gamma also inhibited the transcription of PPARgamma, which was accompanied by a decrease in PPARgamma mRNA accumulation. In addition, exposure to IFN-gamma resulted in a substantial increase in STAT 1 expression and a small increase in STAT 3 expression. IFN-gamma treatment of 3T3-L1 adipocytes (48-96 h) resulted in a substantial inhibition of insulin-sensitive glucose uptake. These data clearly demonstrate that IFN-gamma treatment results in the development of insulin resistance, which is accompanied by the regulation of various adipocyte transcription factors, in particular the synthesis and degradation of PPARgamma.

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