PPARs: fatty acid sensors controlling metabolism

Lars la Cour Poulsen, Majken Siersbæk, Susanne Mandrup

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The peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors that play key roles in the regulation of lipid metabolism, inflammation, cellular growth, and differentiation. The receptors bind and are activated by a broad range of fatty acids and fatty acid derivatives and they thereby serve as major transcriptional sensors of fatty acids. Here we review the function, regulation, and mechanism of the different PPAR subtypes with special emphasis on their role in the regulation of lipid metabolism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSeminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)631-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Animals
  • Fatty Acids
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors
  • Protein Isoforms


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