C/EBP transcription factors in the lung epithelium

Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2003 Oct;285(4):L773-81. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00023.2003.


During recent years, the biological roles of CCAAT/enhancer binding proteins (C/EBPs) in the lung have started to be uncovered. C/EBPs form a family within the basic region-leucine zipper class of transcription factors. In the lung epithelium C/EBPalpha, -beta, and -delta are expressed. Lung-specific target genes for these transcription factors include the surfactant proteins A and D, the Clara cell secretory protein, and the P450 enzyme CYP2B1. As more information is gathered, a picture is emerging in which C/EBPalpha has a role in regulating proliferation as well as differentiation-dependent gene expression, whereas C/EBPbeta and -delta, in addition to a partly overlapping role in regulating expression of differentiation markers, also seem to be involved in responses to injury and hormones.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins / chemistry
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins / physiology
  • Epithelium / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Humans
  • Lung / metabolism*
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Multigene Family


  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins