Regulatory Modules of Human Thermogenic Adipocytes: Functional Genomics of Meta-Analyses Derived Marker-Genes

Published: 16 May 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/hsj8wsfz7t.1


Recently, ProFAT and BATLAS scores have been offered to determine thermogenic status of adipocytes using expression pattern of brown and white marker-genes. In this work, we investigated the functional context of these genes. Although the two meta-analyses based marker-gene lists have little overlap, their enriched pathways show strong coincides suggesting they may better characterize adipocytes. We demonstrate that functional genomics of the annotated genes in common pathways enables an extended analysis of thermogenesis regulation, generates testable hypotheses supported by experimental results in human adipocytes with different browning potential and may lead to more global conclusions than single-state studies. Our results imply that different biological processes shape brown and white adipocytes with presumed transitional states. We propose that the thermogenic adipocyte phenotype require both repression of whitening and induction of browning. These simultaneous actions and hitherto unnoticed regulatory modules, such as the exemplified HIF1A that may directly act at UCP1 promoter, can set new direction in obesity research.


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These data belongs to the article: B Tóth B, Barta Z, Barta ÁB, Fésüs L. Regulatory modules of human thermogenic adipocytes: functional genomics of large cohort and Meta-analysis derived marker-genes. BMC Genomics. 2021 Dec 11;22(1):886. doi: 10.1186/s12864-021-08126-8. PMID: 34895148; PMCID: PMC8665548.


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