Alternative splicing produces a constitutively active form of human SREBP-1

Nagakatsu Harada, Haruka Yonemoto, Masaki Yoshida, Hironori Yamamoto, Yunjie Yin, Aiko Miyamoto, Atsushi Hattori, Qishisan Wu, Tadahiko Nakagawa, Masayuki Nakano, Kiyoshi Teshigawara, Kazuaki Mawatari, Toshio Hosaka, Akira Takahashi, Yutaka Nakaya

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We identified a novel alternative splicing event that constitutively produces a truncated active form of human sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP-1). A cDNA of this splicing variant (named SREBP-1Δ) contains a translational stop codon-encoding exon sequence between exons 7 and 8. It produces SREBP-1aΔ (470 a.a.) and SREBP-1cΔ (446 a.a.) proteins that lack transmembrane and C-terminal regulatory sequences necessary for localization of SREBP-1 to the endoplasmic reticulum. A luciferase reporter assay showed that SREBP-1aΔ and SREBP-1cΔ transactivated lipogenic gene promoters to the same extent as that induced by N-terminal active fragments of SREBP-1a and SREBP-1c, respectively. SREBP-1Δ mRNA is expressed in human cell lines as well as adipose and liver tissues. Expression levels ranged from 5% to 16% of total SREBP-1 expression. The ratio of SREBP-1Δ expression to total SREBP-1 expression in HepG2 cells was not affected by either insulin or high glucose treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)820-826
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative splicing
  • High glucose
  • Insulin
  • Promoter activity
  • Sterol regulatory element-binding protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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