Targeted disruption of the basic Krüppel-like factor gene (Klf3) reveals a role in adipogenesis

Nancy Sue, Briony H.A. Jack, Sally A. Eaton, Richard C.M. Pearson, Alister P.W. Funnell, Jeremy Turner, Robert Czolij, Gareth Denyer, Shisan Bao, Juan Carlos Molero-Navajas, Andrew Perkins, Yuko Fujiwara, Stuart H. Orkin, Kim Bell-Anderson, Merlin Crossley

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Krüppel-like factors (KLFs) recognize CACCC and GC-rich sequences in gene regulatory elements. Here, we describe the disruption of the murine basic Krüppel-like factor gene (Bklf or Klf3). Klf3 knockout mice have less white adipose tissue, and their fat pads contain smaller and fewer cells. Adipocyte differentiation is altered in murine embryonic fibroblasts from Klf3 knockouts. Klf3 expression was studied in the 3T3-L1 cellular system. Adipocyte differentiation is accompanied by a decline in Klf3 expression, and forced overexpression of Klf3 blocks 3T3-L1 differentiation. Klf3 represses transcription by recruiting C-terminal binding protein (CtBP) corepressors. CtBPs bind NADH and may function as metabolic sensors. A Klf3 mutant that does not bind CtBP cannot block adipogenesis. Other KLFs, Klf2, Klf5, and Klf15, also regulate adipogenesis, and functional CACCC elements occur in key adipogenic genes, including in the C/ebpα promoter. We find that C/ebpα is derepressed in Klf3 and Ctbp knockout fibroblasts and adipocytes from Klf3 knockout mice. Chromatin immunoprecipitations confirm that Klf3 binds the C/ebpα promoter in vivo. These results implicate Klf3 and CtBP in controlling adipogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3967-3978
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

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