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Cell Metab. 2010 Aug 4;12(2):174-86. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2010.05.014.

Diurnal regulation of MTP and plasma triglyceride by CLOCK is mediated by SHP.

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  • 1Department of Cell Biology and Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA.


We examined the role of clock genes in the diurnal regulation of plasma triglyceride-rich apolipoprotein B-lipoproteins and their biosynthetic chaperone, microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP). Clock(mt/mt) mice showed sustained hypertriglyceridemia and high MTP expression. CLOCK knockdown activated MTP promoter and reduced small heterodimer partner (SHP, NROB2). CLOCK upregulated SHP by binding to its E box. SHP suppressed MTP expression by binding to the HNF4alpha/LRH-1 at the MTP promoter. Cyclic expression of MTP after serum shock was abrogated by siCLOCK and siSHP. Plasma triglyceride and MTP showed reduced diurnal variations in Shp(-/-) mice. Whereas peaks and nadirs in SHP expression were inversely correlated with those of MTP, these changes were reduced in Clock(mt/mt) mice. Expression of Shp abrogated hypertriglyceridemia in Clock(mt/mt) mice. Together, these studies describe a role of Clock/Shp in the diurnal regulation of MTP and plasma triglyceride and indicate that disruptions in circadian regulation might cause hyperlipidemia.

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