Journal of Molecular Medicine

, Volume 85, Issue 7, pp 697–706 | Cite as

Roles of PPARs on regulating myocardial energy and lipid homeostasis

  • Qinglin Yang
  • Yuhao Li


Myocardial energy and lipid homeostasis is crucial for normal cardiac structure and function. Either shortage of energy or excessive lipid accumulation in the heart leads to cardiac disorders. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARα, -β/δ and -γ), members of the nuclear receptor transcription factor superfamily, play important roles in regulating lipid metabolic genes. All three PPAR subtypes are expressed in cardiomyocytes. PPARα has been shown to control transcriptional expression of key enzymes that are involved in fatty acid (FA) uptake and oxidation, triglyceride synthesis, mitochondrial respiration uncoupling, and glucose metabolism. Similarly, PPARβ/δ is a transcriptional regulator of FA uptake and oxidation, mitochondrial respiration uncoupling, and glucose metabolism. On the other hand, the role of PPARγ on transcriptional regulation of FA metabolism in the heart remains obscure. Therefore, both PPARα and PPARβ/δ are important transcriptional regulators of myocardial energy and lipid homeostasis. Moreover, it appears that the heart needs to have two PPAR subtypes with seemingly overlapping functions in maintaining myocardial lipid and energy homeostasis. Further studies on the potential distinctive roles of each PPAR subtype in the heart should provide new therapeutic targets for treating heart disease.


Lipid metabolism Bioenergetics PPARα PPARβ/δ PPARγ 



This work was partially supported by grants from the NIH (S06GM08248 and 1R01HL085499-01), a scientist development award from the American Heart Association national center, and an institutional grant from NIH (NIH/NIHGMS S). We thank Kevin Yang for editing and proofreading the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiovascular Research InstituteMorehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine and Clinical ScienceKyoto University Graduate School of MedicineKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Pharmacy A15The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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