Identification of an insulin response element in the fatty acid synthase promoter

Naïma Moustaïd, R. Scott Beyer, Hei Sook Sul

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We have previously reported that insulin increases fatty acid synthase (FAS) gene transcription, and that sequences responsible for positive regulation are located within the first 332 base pairs of the FAS promoter. To define minimal sequences required for insulin regulation within this region, chimeric constructs containing serial 5' deletions starting at -318 and extending through position +67 of the rat FAS gene ligated to the luciferase reporter gene were transfected into 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Insulin treatment at 10 nM increased luciferase activity 2-3-fold in 3T3-L1 adipocytes transfected with constructs containing progressive deletions from -318 to -67. This stimulation of the FAS promoter activity by insulin was dose-dependent. However, no effect of insulin was observed when fusion constructs containing FAS promoter sequences spanning from -25 or from -19 to +67 were transfected into adipocytes. These results suggest that the insulin response sequences of the FAS gene may be located in the region from -67 to - 25. DNase I footprinting using liver nuclear extracts revealed a protected region spanning -71 and -50 in addition to a region near the putative TATA box. Gel mobility shift assays using the sequence from -71 to -50 as a probe revealed nuclear factor(s) from mouse liver and 3T3-L1 adipocytes that specifically complexed with this sequence. Mutational analysis of this region showed that sequences between -68 and -60 are essential for recognition and interaction with a trans-acting factor(s). Moreover, when three tandem repeats of the sequences spanning -68 to -52 were linked to the SV40 promoter and used for transfection, luciferase activity increased 3.6-fold in response to insulin treatment. Thus, we have identified novel cis-acting DNA sequences responsible for insulin regulation of the FAS gene, which interact with nuclear protein(s) from liver and adipocytes and which are found to share limited homology to insulin response sequences present in other genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5629-5634
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 25 1994


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