Cholesterol auxotrophy and intolerance to ezetimibe in mice with SREBP-2 deficiency in the intestine

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

SREBP-2 activates transcription of all genes needed for cholesterol biosynthesis. To study SREBP-2 function in the intestine, we generated a mouse model (Vil-BP2/) in which Cre recombinase ablates SREBP-2 in intestinal epithelia. Intestines of Vil-BP2/ mice had reduced expression of genes required for sterol synthesis, in vivo sterol synthesis rates, and epithelial cholesterol contents. On a cholesterol-free diet, the mice displayed chronic enteropathy with histological abnormalities of both villi and crypts, growth restriction, and reduced survival that was prevented by supplementation of cholesterol in the diet. Likewise, SREBP-2-deficient enteroids required exogenous cholesterol for growth. Blockade of luminal cholesterol uptake into enterocytes with ezetimibe precipitated acutely lethal intestinal damage in Vil-BP2/ mice, highlighting the critical interplay in the small intestine of sterol absorption via NPC1L1 and sterol synthesis via SREBP-2 in sustaining the intestinal mucosa. These data show that the small intestine requires SREBP-2 to drive cholesterol synthesis that sustains the intestinal epithelia when uptake of cholesterol from the gut lumen is not available, and provide a unique example of cholesterol auxotrophy expressed in an intact, adult mammal.—Rong, S., J. G. McDonald, and L. J. Engelking. Cholesterol auxotrophy and intolerance to ezetimibe in mice with SREBP-2 deficiency in the intestine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1988-1998
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Volume58
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Cholesterol/biosynthesis
  • Fatty acid/synthesis
  • Niemann-Pick C1-like 1
  • Organoid
  • Scap
  • SREBP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Cholesterol auxotrophy and intolerance to ezetimibe in mice with SREBP-2 deficiency in the intestine'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this