PARP-1 Controls the Adipogenic Transcriptional Program by PARylating C/EBPβ and Modulating Its Transcriptional Activity.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation (PARylation) is a post-translational modification of proteins mediated by PARP family members, such as PARP-1. Although PARylation has been studied extensively, few examples of definitive biological roles for site-specific PARylation have been reported. Here we show that C/EBPβ, a key pro-adipogenic transcription factor, is PARylated by PARP-1 on three amino acids in a conserved regulatory domain. PARylation at these sites inhibits C/EBPβ's DNA binding and transcriptional activities and attenuates adipogenesis in various genetic and cell-based models. Interestingly, PARP-1 catalytic activity drops precipitously during the first 48 hr of differentiation, corresponding to a release of C/EBPβ from PARylation-mediated inhibition. This promotes the binding of C/EBPβ at enhancers controlling the expression of adipogenic target genes and continued differentiation. Depletion or chemical inhibition of PARP-1, or mutation of the PARylation sites on C/EBPβ, enhances these early adipogenic events. Collectively, our results provide a clear example of how site-specific PARylation drives biological outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Luo, X; Ryu, KW; Kim, D-S; Nandu, T; Medina, CJ; Gupte, R; Gibson, BA; Soccio, RE; Yu, Y; Gupta, RK; Kraus, WL

Published Date

  • January 19, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 65 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 260 - 271

PubMed ID

  • 28107648

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5258183

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4164

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.11.015


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States