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J Genomics. 2013 Oct 20;1:13-21. doi: 10.7150/jgen.3741. eCollection 2013.

Topics in transcriptional control of lipid metabolism: from transcription factors to gene-promoter polymorphisms.

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Program in Cellular and Molecular Biosciences, Department of Animal Sciences, Auburn University, Alabama, 36849-5415, USA.


The central dogma of biology (DNA>>RNA>>Protein) has remained as an extremely useful scaffold to guide the study of molecular regulation of cellular metabolism. Molecular regulation of cellular metabolism has been pursued from an individual enzyme to a global assessment of protein function at the genomic (DNA), transcriptomic (RNA) and translation (Protein) levels. Details of a key role by inhibitory small RNAs and post-translational processing of cellular proteins on a whole cell/global basis are now just emerging. Below we emphasize the role of transcription factors (TF) in regulation of adipogenesis and lipogenesis. Additionally we have also focused on emerging additional TF that may also have hitherto unrecognized roles in adipogenesis and lipogenesis as compared to our present understanding. It is generally recognized that SNPs in structural genes can affect the final structure/function of a given protein. The implications of SNPs located in the non-transcribed promoter region on transcription have not been examined as extensively at this time. Here we have also summarized some emerging results on promoter SNPs for lipid metabolism and related cellular processes.


Adipogenesis; Gene Regulation; Lipogenesis; SNP; Transcription factors

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