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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 340731, 17 pages
Research Article

Hepatic Gene Expression Profiling in Nrf2 Knockout Mice after Long-Term High-Fat Diet-Induced Obesity

1Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
2Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
3Laboratory of Virology, Medical School, University of Crete, 71110 Heraklion, Greece
4Department of Biological Sciences, Molecular Medicine Research Center and Laboratory of Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of Cyprus, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus

Received 9 January 2013; Revised 5 March 2013; Accepted 9 March 2013

Academic Editor: Jingbo Pi

Copyright © 2013 Dionysios V. Chartoumpekis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. The transcription factor NFE2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a central regulator of antioxidant and detoxification gene expression in response to electrophilic or oxidative stress. Nrf2 has recently been shown to cross-talk with metabolic pathways, and its gene deletion protected mice from high-fat-diet-(HFD-) induced obesity and insulin resistance. This study aimed to identify potential Nrf2-regulated genes of metabolic interest by comparing gene expression profiles of livers of wild-type (WT) versus Nrf2 knockout (Nrf2-KO) mice after a long-term HFD. Methods. WT and Nrf2-KO mice were fed an HFD for 180 days; total RNA was prepared from liver and used for microarray analysis and quantitative real-time RT-PCR (qRT-PCR). Results. The microarray analysis identified 601 genes that were differentially expressed between WT and Nrf2-KO mice after long-term HFD. Selected genes, including ones known to be involved in metabolic regulation, were prioritized for verification by qRT-PCR: Cyp7a1 and Fabp5 were significantly overexpressed in Nrf2-KO mice; in contrast, Car, Cyp2b10, Lipocalin 13, Aquaporin 8, Cbr3, Me1, and Nqo1 were significantly underexpressed in Nrf2-KO mice. Conclusion. Transcriptome profiling after HFD-induced obesity confirms that Nrf2 is implicated in liver metabolic gene networks. The specific genes identified here may provide insights into Nrf2-dependent mechanisms of metabolic regulation.