Hepatic gene expression profiling and lipid homeostasis in mice exposed to seatogenic drug, tetracycline

Hu Quan Yin, Mingoo Kim, Ju Han Kim, Gu Kong, Mi Ock Lee, Kyung Sun Kang, Byung IL Yoon, Hyung Lae Kim, Byung Hoon Lee

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Tetracycline is one of a group of drugs known to induce microvesicular steatosis. In the present study, we investigated the effects of tetracycline on gene expression in mouse liver, using Applied Biosystems Mouse Genome Survey Microarrays. A single oral dose of 0.1 or 1 g/kg tetracycline was administered to male ICR mice, and liver samples were obtained after 6, 24, or 72 h. Histopathological evaluation showed microvesicular steatosis in the high-dose group at 24 h. In total, 96 genes were identified as tetracycline responsive. Their level of expression differed significantly from controls (two-way analysis of variance; p < 0.05), after adjustment by the Benjamini-Hochberg multiple testing correction, and displayed a twofold or greater induction or repression. The largest groups of gene products affected by tetracycline exposure were those involved in signal transduction, nucleic acid metabolism, developmental processes, and protein metabolism. The expression of genes known to be involved in lipid metabolism was examined, using two-sample Student's t-test for each treatment group versus a corresponding control group. The overall net effects on expression of lipid metabolism genes indicated an increase in cholesterol and triglyceride biosynthesis and a decrease in β-oxidation of fatty acids. Our data support a proposed mechanism for tetracycline-induced steatogenic hepatotoxicity that involves these processes. Moreover, we demonstrated global changes in hepatic gene expression following tetracycline exposure; many of these genes have the potential to be used as biomarkers of exposure to steatogenic hepatotoxic agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-216
Number of pages11
JournalToxicological Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2006

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA-05122-TGP-584).


  • Lipid metabolism
  • Microarray
  • Microvesicular steatosis
  • Tetracycline
  • Toxicogenomics


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