Glycolytic genes are targets of the nuclear receptor Ad4BP/SF-1

Takashi Baba, Hiroyuki Otake, Tetsuya Sato, Kanako Miyabayashi, Yurina Shishido, Chia Yih Wang, Yuichi Shima, Hiroshi Kimura, Mikako Yagi, Yasuhiro Ishihara, Shinjiro Hino, Hidesato Ogawa, Mitsuyoshi Nakao, Takeshi Yamazaki, Dongchon Kang, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Mikita Suyama, Bon Chu Chung, Ken Ichirou Morohashi

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Genetic deficiencies in transcription factors can lead to the loss of certain types of cells and tissue. The steroidogenic tissue-specific nuclear receptor Ad4BP/SF-1 (NR5A1) is one such gene, because mice in which this gene is disrupted fail to develop the adrenal gland and gonads. However, the specific role of Ad4BP/SF-1 in these biological events remains unclear. Here we use chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing to show that nearly all genes in the glycolytic pathway are regulated by Ad4BP/SF-1. Suppression of Ad4BP/SF-1 by small interfering RNA reduces production of the energy carriers ATP and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate, as well as lowers expression of genes involved in glucose metabolism. Together, these observations may explain tissue dysgenesis as a result of Ad4BP/SF-1 gene disruption in vivo. Considering the function of estrogen-related receptor α, the present study raises the possibility that certain types of nuclear receptors regulate sets of genes involved in metabolic pathways to generate energy carriers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3634
JournalNature communications
Publication statusPublished - Apr 14 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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