PPARα, A Key Regulator of Hepatic Energy Homeostasis in Health and Disease

  • Nicolas Leuenberger
  • Walter WahliEmail author


Liver participates in the metabolism of almost all ­nutrients and contributes to maintaining balanced levels of energy-providing molecules in the circulating plasma. This homeostatic regulation plays a central role during the times of food deprivation, for instance, at night for animals feeding during the daytime, and when plenty of food has been ingested. For their contribution to the maintenance of this energy balance, liver cells depend on a variety of transcription factors that control gene expression. Among those, the peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPARs) and more particularly the PPARα isotype are the key actors in the regulation of hepatic functions. Below, we review the roles of PPARα in the liver, in both health and disease.


Hepatic Stellate Cell Liver Fatty Acid Binding Protein Glycerol Kinase PPAR Ligand Fatty Acid Catabolism 
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The authors thank Dr. Liliane Michalik for discussions and stimulating comments on the manuscript. They also acknowledge grant support from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Etat de Vaud.


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  1. 1.Center for Integrative Genomics, National Research Center Frontiers in GeneticsUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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