Genome-wide profiling of liver X receptor, retinoid X receptor, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α in mouse liver reveals extensive sharing of binding sites

Michael Boergesen, Thomas Åskov Pedersen, Barbara Gross, Simon J. van Heeringen, Dik Hagenbeek, Christian Bindesbøll, Sandrine Caron, Fanny Lalloyer, Knut R. Steffensen, Hilde I. Nebb, Jan Ake Gustafsson, Hendrik G. Stunnenberg, Bart Staels, Susanne Mandrup

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Abstract

The liver X receptors (LXRs) are nuclear receptors that form permissive heterodimers with retinoid X receptor (RXR) and are important regulators of lipid metabolism in the liver. We have recently shown that RXR agonist-induced hypertriglyceridemia and hepatic steatosis in mice are dependent on LXRs and correlate with an LXR-dependent hepatic induction of lipogenic genes. To further investigate the roles of RXR and LXR in the regulation of hepatic gene expression, we have mapped the ligandregulated genome-wide binding of these factors in mouse liver. We find that the RXR agonist bexarotene primarily increases the genomic binding of RXR, whereas the LXR agonist T0901317 greatly increases both LXR and RXR binding. Functional annotation of putative direct LXR target genes revealed a significant association with classical LXR-regulated pathways as well as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) signaling pathways, and subsequent chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing (ChIP-seq) mapping of PPARα binding demonstrated binding of PPARα to 71 to 88% of the identified LXR-RXR binding sites. The combination of sequence analysis of shared binding regions and sequential ChIP on selected sites indicate that LXR-RXR and PPARα-RXR bind to degenerate response elements in a mutually exclusive manner. Together, our findings suggest extensive and unexpected cross talk between hepatic LXR and PPARα at the level of binding to shared genomic sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)852-867
Number of pages16
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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