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Dihydrotestosterone induces SREBP-1 expression and lipogenesis through the phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt pathway in HaCaT cells

Bing-rong Zhou, Qiu-hong Huang, Yang Xu, Di Wu, Zhi-qiang Yin and Dan Luo*

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Department of Dermatology, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, 210029, China

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Lipids in Health and Disease 2012, 11:156  doi:10.1186/1476-511X-11-156

Published: 15 November 2012

Abstract

Background

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects and mechanisms of dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-induced expression of sterol regulatory element binding protein-1 (SREBP-1), and the synthesis and secretion of lipids, in HaCaT cells. HaCaT cells were treated with DHT and either the phosphoinositide 3-kinase inhibitor LY294002 or the extracellular-signal-regulated kinase (ERK) inhibitor PD98059. Real time-PCR, Western blot, Oil Red staining and flow cytometry were employed to examine the mRNA and protein expressions of SREBP-1, the gene transcription of lipid synthesis, and lipid secretion in HaCaT cells.

Findings

We found that DHT upregulated mRNA and protein expressions of SREBP-1. DHT also significantly upregulated the transcription of lipid synthesis-related genes and increased lipid secretion, which can be inhibited by the addition of LY294002.

Conclusions

Collectively, these results indicate that DHT induces SREBP-1 expression and lipogenesis in HaCaT cells via activation of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt Pathway.

Keywords:
Dihydrotestosterone; SREBP-1; Phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt; HaCaT cells