Birgit Knebel

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The transcription factor sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP)-2 plays a pivotal role in lipid metabolism. Previously, we have shown that the mature form of SREBP-2 is a substrate of Erk-mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK). The aim of the present study was to identify Erk-specific phosphorylation sites. Using a protein chemistry approach,(More)
The pathogenesis of fatty liver is not understood in detail, but lipid overflow as well as de novo lipogenesis (DNL) seem to be the key points of hepatocyte accumulation of lipids. One key transcription factor in DNL is sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP)-1c. We generated mice with liver-specific over-expression of mature human SREBP-1c under(More)
Homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations within the insulin binding domain of the human insulin receptor (INSR) are usually associated with severe impairment of insulin binding leading to Donohue syndrome ("Leprechaunism"), which is characterized by excessive hyperglycemia with hyperinsulinism, pre- and postnatal growth retardation, distinct(More)
The classic sterol regulatory cis element (sre-1) in the LDL receptor promoter mediates sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP)-binding and the effects of insulin and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF). To elucidate whether SREBP-1a and SREBP-2 play a direct role in insulin and PDGF action, stable cell lines of HepG2 deficient in either SREBP-1(More)
BACKGROUND Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is characterized by hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation. The genetic background of the insulin resistance frequently associated with PCOS is unclear. OBJECTIVES To examine the influe nce of the Pro12Ala polymorphism of the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma), which is thought to(More)
The skeletal muscle is a metabolically active tissue that secretes various proteins. These so-called myokines have been proposed to affect muscle physiology and to exert systemic effects on other tissues and organs. Yet, changes in the secretory profile may participate in the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases. The present study aimed at characterizing(More)
The Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most frequent endocrine disorder in premenopausal women and is associated with features of the insulin resistance syndrome, altered glucose homeostasis, and central obesity. Inflammation appears to be a link between obesity and insulin resistance, because adipose tissue is one major source of proinflammatory(More)
BACKGROUND Apart from impaired reproductive function patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) also have signs and symptoms belonging to the metabolic syndrome. A genetic basis for PCOS is likely as the syndrome clusters in families. Putative candidate genes are paraoxonase (PON)-1 gene and the IGF-2 INS1/VTR IGF cluster, which have been shown to be(More)
The transcription factor sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP)-1c plays a pivotal role in lipid metabolism. In this report we identified the main phosphorylation sites of MAPK-families, i.e. p38 stress-activated MAPK (p38), ERK-MAPK (ERK) or c-JUN N-terminal protein kinases (JNK) in SREBP-1c. The major phosphorylation sites of p38, i.e. serine(More)
Ribosomal subunit kinases (Rsk) have been implicated in the regulation of transcription by phosphorylating and thereby activating numerous transcription factors, such as c-Fos, cAMP responsive element binding protein (CREB), and nuclear receptors. Here we describe the generation and characterization of immortalized embryonic fibroblast cell lines from mice(More)