Bile acid signaling pathways increase stability of small heterodimer partner (SHP) by inhibiting ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation

Ji Miao, Zhen Xiao, Deepthi Kanamaluru, Gyesik Min, Peter M. Yau, Timothy D. Veenstra, Ewa Ellis, Steve Strom, Kelly Suino-Powell, H. Eric Xu, Jongsook Kim Kemper

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Abstract

Small Heterodimer Partner (SHP) inhibits activities of numerous transcription factors involved in diverse biological pathways. As an important metabolic regulator, SHP plays a key role in maintaining cholesterol and bile acid homeostasis by inhibiting cholesterol conversion to bile acids. While SHP gene induction by increased bile acids is well established, whether SHP activity is also modulated remains unknown. Here, we report surprising findings that SHP is a rapidly degraded protein via the ubiquitin-proteasomal pathway and that bile acids or bile acid-induced intestinal fibroblast growth factor 19 (FGF19) increases stability of hepatic SHP by inhibiting proteasomal degradation in an extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)-dependent manner. SHP was ubiquiti- nated at Lys122 and Lys123, and mutation of these sites altered its stability and repression activity. Tandem mass spectrometry revealed that upon bile acid treatment, SHP was phosphorylated at Ser26, within an ERK motif in SHP, and mutation of this site dramatically abolished SHP stability. Surprisingly, SHP stability was abnormally elevated in ob/ob mice and diet-induced obese mice. These results demonstrate an important role for regulation of SHP stability in bile acid signaling in normal conditions, and that abnormal stabilization of SHP may be associated with metabolic disorders, including obesity and diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)986-996
Number of pages11
JournalGenes and Development
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2009

Keywords

  • Bile acids
  • ERK
  • FGF19
  • Proteasome
  • Protein stability
  • SHP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology

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