A role of miR-27 in the regulation of adipogenesis


Z. Yun, Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, HRT-313, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in a plethora of important biological processes, from embryonic development to homeostasis in adult tissues. Recently, miRNAs have emerged as a class of epigenetic regulators of metabolism and energy homeostasis. We have investigated the role of miRNAs in the regulation of adipogenic differentiation. In this article, we demonstrate that the miR-27 gene family is downregulated during adipogenic differentiation. Overexpression of miR-27 specifically inhibited adipocyte formation, without affecting myogenic differentiation. We also found that expression of miR-27 resulted in blockade of expression of PPARγ and C/EBPα, the two master regulators of adipogenesis. Importantly, expression of miR-27 was increased in fat tissue of obese mice and was regulated by hypoxia, an important extracellular stress associated with obesity. Our data strongly suggest that miR-27 represents a new class of adipogenic inhibitors and may play a role in the pathological development of obesity.