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Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2009 Dec 15;89(46):3276-9.

[Agonist-induced down-regulation of hepatic glucocorticoid receptor via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor in SD rats].

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  • 1Department of Endocrinology, Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510630, China.



It was reported that a negative feedback loop might exist between peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha) and glucocorticoid receptor (GR). However, it is unclear whether GR expression is regulated by PPARalpha activation. To further demonstrate this possibility, we conducted the present study to investigate the regulatory effects of the PPARalpha agonist fenofibrate on GR expression in Sprague-Dawley rats.


GR gene and protein expression levels were determined in liver, visceral and muscle tissues. Adrenal 11beta-hydroxylase (CYP11B1) expression was examined by RT-PCR and circulating corticosterone level was measured by RIA method.


GR expression was reduced by fenofibrate in a time- and does-dependent manner. The GR mRNA in the three fenofibrate groups of rats were 55% (FE1), 54% (FE2) and 68% (FE3) lower than that of the control rats. The GR protein were 28%, 77% and 99% lower than the control. The inhibition was observed in liver, but not in fat and muscle. The corticosterone level in the blood was increased significantly by fenofibrate(the levels of corticosterone in control, FE1, FE2, FE3, MK886 groups were (393 +/- 23), (495 +/- 44), (516 +/- 18), (622 +/- 93), (382 +/- 37) ng/ml respectively. These effects of fenofibrate were abolished by PPARalpha inhibitor MK886, suggesting that fenofibrate activated through PPARalpha.


A new molecular mechanism has been found for a negative feedback regulation of GR activity by PPARalpha in SD rats.

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