Rev-ErbA beta

Rev-ErbA beta
Nuclear receptor subfamily 1, group D, member 2

Structure of the ligand binding domain (LBD) of the Rev-erb? receptor based on PDB 2v0v. Depicted here is a dimer of comprising two LBD protein molecules.
Symbols NR1D2; BD73; EAR-1R; RVR
External IDs OMIM602304 MGI2449205 HomoloGene3763 IUPHAR: NR1D2 GeneCards: NR1D2 Gene
RNA expression pattern
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Species Human Mouse
Entrez 9975 353187
Ensembl ENSG00000174738 ENSMUSG00000021775
UniProt Q14995 Q4VAB7
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_001145425.1 NM_011584.4
RefSeq (protein) NP_001138897.1 NP_035714.3
Location (UCSC) Chr 3:
23.99 – 24.02 Mb
Chr 14:
19.04 – 19.07 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]
This box: view · protein that in humans is encoded by the NR1D2 gene.[1][2]

Rev-erbβ is a member of the Rev-ErbA family of transcription factors. Rev-erbβ, like Rev-erbα, belongs to the nuclear receptor superfamily and can modulate gene expression by directly binding to their promoters.[3][4]



Cartoon diagram of the ligand binding domain of Rev-ErbA beta (rainbow colored, N-terminus = blue, C-terminus = red) complexed with heme (space-filling model, carbon atoms = white, nitrogen = blue, oxygen = red, iron = magenta) based on the PDB 3CQV crystallographic coordinates.

Rev-erbβ is similar to Rev-erbα in its protein structure and function as a transcriptional repressor. The crystal structure of an unliganded Rev-erbβ ligand-binding domain (LBD) has been resolved (see figure to the right) and shows an extremely small ligand-binding pocket.[5] However, Rev-erbβ has been shown to interact with heme, which appears important for its function.[6]

The structure of Rev-erbβ complexed with heme (see figure to the left) shows a substantial movement of helices 1 (N-terminus ) and 11 (C-terminus ) which opens up a large binding pocket in the interior of the protein that is able to accommodate this ligand.[7]


Rev-erbβ has been implicated in the control of lipid and energy homoeostasis in skeletal muscle.[8]

Rev-erbβ is also a circadian regulated gene; its mRNA displays rhythmic expression in vivo and in serum-synchronized cell cultures. However, it is currently unknown to what extent Rev-erbβ contributes to oscillations of the core circadian clock. However it has been shown heme suppresses hepatic gluconeogenic gene expression and glucose output through the related Rev-erbα receptor which mediates gene repression. Hence, the Rev-erbα receptor detects heme and thereby coordinates the cellular clock, glucose homeostasis, and energy metabolism.[9]


  1. ^ Dumas B, Harding HP, Choi HS, Lehmann KA, Chung M, Lazar MA, Moore DD (August 1994). "A new orphan member of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily closely related to Rev-Erb". Mol. Endocrinol. 8 (8): 996–1005. doi:10.1210/me.8.8.996. PMID 7997240. 
  2. ^ Koh YS, Moore DD (April 1999). "Linkage of the nuclear hormone receptor genes NR1D2, THRB, and RARB: evidence for an ancient, large-scale duplication". Genomics 57 (2): 289–92. doi:10.1006/geno.1998.5683. PMID 10198169. 
  3. ^ Bonnelye E, Vanacker JM, Desbiens X, Begue A, Stehelin D, Laudet V (1994). "Rev-erbβ, a new member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, is expressed in the nervous system during chicken development". Cell Growth Differ. 5 (12): 1357–65. PMID 7696184. 
  4. ^ Giambiagi N, Cassia R, Petropoulos I, Part D, Cereghini S, Zakin MM, Ochoa A (1995). "Rev-erb β 2, a novel isoform of the Rev-erb family of orphan nuclear receptors". Biochem. Mol. Biol. Int. 37 (6): 1091–1102. PMID 8747539. 
  5. ^ Woo EJ, Jeong DG, Lim MY, Jun Kim S, Kim KJ, Yoon SM, Park BC, Eon Ryu S (2007). "Structural Insight into the Constitutive Repression Function of the Nuclear Receptor Rev-erbβ". J. Mol. Biol. 373 (3): 735–44. doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2007.08.037. PMID 17870090. 
  6. ^ Raghuram S, Stayrook KR, Huang P, Rogers PM, Nosie AK, McClure DB, Burris LL, Khorasanizadeh S, Burris TP, Rastinejad F (December 2007). "Identification of heme as the ligand for the orphan nuclear receptors REV-ERBα and REV-ERBβ". Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 14 (12): 1207–13. doi:10.1038/nsmb1344. PMC 2743565. PMID 18037887. 
  7. ^ PDB 3CQV; "Human nuclear receptor subfamily 1, group D, member 2 in complex with heme". The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC). Retrieved 2008-08-09. ; Pardee K, Xu X, Dong A, Reinking J, Krause H, Schuetz A, Zhang R, Cui H, Arrowsmith CH, Weigelt J, Bountra C, Savchenko A, Bochkarev A, Edwards AM (2008). "Crystal structure of Reverb beta in complex with heme". To be Published. 
  8. ^ Ramakrishnan SN, Lau P, Burke LJ, Muscat GE (2005). "Rev-erbβ regulates the expression of genes involved in lipid absorption in skeletal muscle cells: evidence for cross-talk between orphan nuclear receptors and myokines". J. Biol. Chem. 280 (10): 8651–9. doi:10.1074/jbc.M413949200. PMID 15623503. 
  9. ^ Yin L, Wu N, Curtin JC, Qatanani M, Szwergold NR, Reid RA, Waitt GM, Parks DJ, Pearce KH, Wisely GB, Lazar MA (December 2007). "Rev-erbα, a heme sensor that coordinates metabolic and circadian pathways". Science 318 (5857): 1786–9. doi:10.1126/science.1150179. PMID 18006707. 

Further reading

  • Ramakrishnan SN, Lau P, Crowther LM, Cleasby ME, Millard S, Leong GM, Cooney GJ, Muscat GE (October 2009). "Rev-erb beta regulates the Srebp-1c promoter and mRNA expression in skeletal muscle cells". Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 388 (4): 654–9. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2009.08.045. PMID 19682428. 

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