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The Orphan Nuclear Receptor, NOR-1, a Target of r-Adrenergic Signaling, Regulates Gene Expression that Controls Oxidative Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle


Pearen, MA and Myers, SA and Raichur, S and Ryall, JG and Lynch, GS and Muscat, GEO, The Orphan Nuclear Receptor, NOR-1, a Target of r-Adrenergic Signaling, Regulates Gene Expression that Controls Oxidative Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle, Endocrinology, 149, (6) pp. 2853-2865. ISSN 0013-7227 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 The Endocrine Society

DOI: doi:10.1210/en.2007-1202


beta 1-3-Adrenoreceptor (AR)-deficient mice are unable to regulate energy expenditure and develop diet-induced obesity on a high-fat diet. We determined previously that beta2-AR agonist treatment activated expression of the mRNA encoding the orphan nuclear receptor, NOR-1, in muscle cells and plantaris muscle. Here we show that beta2-AR agonist treatment significantly and transiently activated the expression of NOR-1 (and the other members of the NR4A subgroup) in slow-twitch oxidative soleus muscle and fast-twitch glycolytic tibialis anterior muscle. The activation induced by beta-adrenergic signaling is consistent with the involvement of protein kinase A, MAPK, and phosphorylation of cAMP response element-binding protein. Stable cell lines transfected with a silent interfering RNA targeting NOR-1 displayed decreased palmitate oxidation and lactate accumulation. In concordance with these observations, ATP production in the NOR-1 silent interfering RNA (but not control)-transfected cells was resistant to (azide-mediated) inhibition of oxidative metabolism and expressed significantly higher levels of hypoxia inducible factor-1alpha. In addition, we observed the repression of genes that promote fatty acid oxidation (peroxisomal proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator-1alpha/beta and lipin-1alpha) and trichloroacetic acid cycle-mediated carbohydrate (pyruvate) oxidation [pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase 1 regulatory and catalytic subunits (pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatases-1r and -c)]. Furthermore, we observed that beta2-AR agonist administration in mouse skeletal muscle induced the expression of genes that activate fatty acid oxidation and modulate pyruvate use, including PGC-1alpha, lipin-1alpha, FOXO1, and PDK4. Finally, we demonstrate that NOR-1 is recruited to the lipin-1alpha and PDK-4 promoters, and this is consistent with NOR-1-mediated regulation of these genes. In conclusion, NOR-1 is necessary for oxidative metabolism in skeletal muscle.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cell signalling;nuclear receptor
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Biochemistry and cell biology
Research Field:Cell metabolism
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Myers, SA (Dr Stephen Myers)
ID Code:100917
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:113
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-06-03
Last Modified:2022-08-18

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