Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma

PDB rendering based on 1fm6.
Symbols PPARG; CIMT1; GLM1; NR1C3; PPARG1; PPARG2; PPARgamma
External IDs OMIM601487 MGI97747 HomoloGene7899 IUPHAR: NR1C3 GeneCards: PPARG Gene
RNA expression pattern
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More reference expression data
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 5468 19016
Ensembl ENSG00000132170 ENSMUSG00000000440
UniProt P37231 A0N0C8
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_005037.5 NM_011146
RefSeq (protein) NP_005028.4 NP_035276
Location (UCSC) Chr 3:
12.33 – 12.48 Mb
Chr 6:
115.31 – 115.44 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ or PPARG), also known as the glitazone receptor, or NR1C3 (nuclear receptor subfamily 1, group C, member 3) is a type II nuclear receptor that in humans is encoded by the PPARG gene.[1][2][3]

Two isoforms of PPARG are detected in the human and in the mouse: PPAR-γ1 (found in nearly all tissues except muscle) and PPAR-γ2 (mostly found in adipose tissue and the intestine).[4]



PPARG regulates fatty acid storage and glucose metabolism. The genes activated by PPARG stimulate lipid uptake and adipogenesis by fat cells. PPARG knockout mice fail to generate adipose tissue when fed a high fat diet.[5]

This gene encodes a member of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) subfamily of nuclear receptors. PPARs form heterodimers with retinoid X receptors (RXRs) and these heterodimers regulate transcription of various genes. Three subtypes of PPARs are known: PPAR-alpha, PPAR-delta, and PPAR-gamma. The protein encoded by this gene is PPAR-gamma and is a regulator of adipocyte differentiation. Alternatively spliced transcript variants that encode different isoforms have been described.[6]


Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma has been shown to interact with:

Clinical relevance

PPAR-gamma has been implicated in the pathology of numerous diseases including obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis and cancer. PPAR-gamma agonists have been used in the treatment of dyslipidaemia and hyperglycemia.[17] PPAR-gamma decreases the inflammatory response of many cardiovascular cells, particularly endothelial cells.[18] PPAR-gamma activates the PON1 gene, increasing synthesis and release of paraoxonase 1 from the liver, reducing atherosclerosis.[19]

Many insulin sensitizing drugs used in the treatment of diabetes target PPARG as a means to lower serum glucose without increasing pancreatic insulin secretion.

A fusion protein of PPAR-γ1 and the thyroid transcription factor PAX8 is present in approximately one-third of follicular thyroid carcinomas, specifically those cancers with a chromosomal translocation of t(2;3)(q13;p25), which permits juxtaposition of portions of both genes.[20] [21]


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Further reading

  • Qi C, Zhu Y, Reddy JK (2001). "Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, coactivators, and downstream targets". Cell Biochem. Biophys. 32 Spring: 187–204. PMID 11330046. 
  • Kadowaki T, Hara K, Kubota N, et al. (2002). "The role of PPARgamma in high-fat diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance". J. Diabetes Complicat. 16 (1): 41–5. doi:10.1016/S1056-8727(01)00206-9. PMID 11872365. 
  • Wakino S, Law RE, Hsueh WA (2002). "Vascular protective effects by activation of nuclear receptor PPARgamma". J. Diabetes Complicat. 16 (1): 46–9. doi:10.1016/S1056-8727(01)00197-0. PMID 11872366. 
  • Takano H, Komuro I (2002). "Roles of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma in cardiovascular disease". J. Diabetes Complicat. 16 (1): 108–14. doi:10.1016/S1056-8727(01)00203-3. PMID 11872377. 
  • Stumvoll M, Häring H (2002). "The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma2 Pro12Ala polymorphism". Diabetes 51 (8): 2341–7. doi:10.2337/diabetes.51.8.2341. PMID 12145143. 
  • Koeffler HP (2003). "Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma and cancers". Clin. Cancer Res. 9 (1): 1–9. PMID 12538445. 
  • Puigserver P, Spiegelman BM (2003). "Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator 1 alpha (PGC-1 alpha): transcriptional coactivator and metabolic regulator". Endocr. Rev. 24 (1): 78–90. doi:10.1210/er.2002-0012. PMID 12588810. 
  • Takano H, Hasegawa H, Nagai T, Komuro I (2003). "The role of PPARgamma-dependent pathway in the development of cardiac hypertrophy". Drugs Today 39 (5): 347–57. doi:10.1358/dot.2003.39.5.799458. PMID 12861348. 
  • Rangwala SM, Lazar MA (2004). "Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma in diabetes and metabolism". Trends Pharmacol. Sci. 25 (6): 331–6. doi:10.1016/ PMID 15165749. 
  • Cuzzocrea S (2005). "Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors gamma ligands and ischemia and reperfusion injury". Vascul. Pharmacol. 41 (6): 187–95. doi:10.1016/j.vph.2004.10.004. PMID 15653094. 
  • Savage DB (2007). "PPAR gamma as a metabolic regulator: insights from genomics and pharmacology". Expert reviews in molecular medicine 7 (1): 1–16. doi:10.1017/S1462399405008793. PMID 15673477. 
  • Pégorier JP (2005). "[PPAR receptors and insulin sensitivity: new agonists in development]". Ann. Endocrinol. (Paris) 66 (2 Pt 2): 1S10–7. PMID 15959400. 
  • Tsai YS, Maeda N (2005). "PPARgamma: a critical determinant of body fat distribution in humans and mice". Trends Cardiovasc. Med. 15 (3): 81–5. doi:10.1016/j.tcm.2005.04.002. PMID 16039966. 
  • Gurnell M (2006). "Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma and the regulation of adipocyte function: lessons from human genetic studies". Best Pract. Res. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 19 (4): 501–23. doi:10.1016/j.beem.2005.10.001. PMID 16311214. 
  • Cecil JE, Watt P, Palmer CN, Hetherington M (2006). "Energy balance and food intake: the role of PPARgamma gene polymorphisms". Physiol. Behav. 88 (3): 227–33. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2006.05.028. PMID 16777151. 
  • Rousseaux C, Desreumaux P (2007). "[The peroxisome-proliferator-activated gamma receptor and chronic inflammatory bowel disease (PPARgamma and IBD)]". J. Soc. Biol. 200 (2): 121–31. doi:10.1051/jbio:2006015. PMID 17151549. 
  • Eriksson JG (2007). "Gene polymorphisms, size at birth, and the development of hypertension and type 2 diabetes". J. Nutr. 137 (4): 1063–5. PMID 17374678. 
  • Tönjes A, Stumvoll M (2007). "The role of the Pro12Ala polymorphism in peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma in diabetes risk". Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care 10 (4): 410–4. doi:10.1097/MCO.0b013e3281e389d9. PMID 17563457. 
  • Burgermeister E, Seger R (2007). "MAPK kinases as nucleo-cytoplasmic shuttles for PPARgamma". Cell Cycle 6 (13): 1539–48. doi:10.4161/cc.6.13.4453. PMID 17611413. 
  • Papageorgiou E, Pitulis N, Msaouel P, et al. (2007). "The non-genomic crosstalk between PPAR-gamma ligands and ERK1/2 in cancer cell lines". Expert Opin. Ther. Targets 11 (8): 1071–85. doi:10.1517/14728222.11.8.1071. PMID 17665979. 

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