Heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor inhibits adipocyte differentiation at commitment and early induction stages

Jeong Soon Lee, Jae Myoung Suh, Hong Gyu Park, Eun Jung Bak, Yun Jung Yoo, Jeong Heon Cha

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Adipocytokines, bioactive molecules secreted from adipose tissues, play important roles in physiology, development, and disease. Recently, heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor (HB-EGF) was identified as an adipocytokine whose expression correlates with obesity. However, the biological role of fat-secreted HB-EGF is still unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of HB-EGF on the adipocyte differentiation of C3H10T1/2 pluripotent mesenchymal cells. Upon adipogenic conversion of C3H10T1/2 cells, HB-EGF displayed dynamic changes in expression where an initial decrease was followed by increased levels of expression at later stages. HB-EGF treatment during adipogenic induction inhibited lipid accumulation and decreased the expression of adipocyte molecular markers (fatty acid-binding protein, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ, and CAAT enhancer-binding protein α) and lipogenic genes (glucose transporter, fatty acid synthetase, and lipoprotein lipase). Therefore, HB-EGF has an inhibitory effect on adipocyte differentiation. Administration of HB-EGF at various intervals during adipocyte differentiation revealed that HB-EGF acts during the early stages of adipocyte differentiation, but not at the later stages of differentiation. Furthermore, HB-EGF was able to block the commitment of pluripotent mesenchymal cells to the adipocyte lineage triggered by bone morphogenic protein 4 treatment. These data suggest that HB-EGF acts as a negative regulator of adipogenesis by inhibiting the commitment and early differentiation of the adipose lineage. The inhibitory role of HB-EGF on adipocyte differentiation of pluripotent mesenchymal cells sheds light on potential mechanisms that control adipose tissue homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-487
Number of pages10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun

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Acknowledgments We thank Jae Bum Kim for providing 3T3-F442A cells. Also, we thank Jang Gi Cho for help with graphics, and Sang-Kyu Park, So Young Kim, and Jin Hee Park for technical assistance. This work was supported by KOREA Research Foundation Grant (KRF-2003-015-E00182).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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