Alterations in transporter expression in liver, kidney, and duodenum after targeted disruption of the transcription factor HNF1alpha

Biochem Pharmacol. 2006 Aug 14;72(4):512-22. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2006.03.016. Epub 2006 Mar 30.


The transcription factor hepatocyte nuclear factor 1alpha (HNF1alpha) is involved in regulation of glucose metabolism and transport, and in the expression of several drug and bile acid metabolizing enzymes. Targeted disruption of the HNF1alpha gene results in decreased Cyp1a2, and Cyp2e1 expression, and increased Cyp4a1 and Cyp7a1 expression, suggesting these enzymes are HNF1alpha target genes. Since hepatic metabolism can be coordinately linked with drug and metabolite transport, this study aims to demonstrate whether HNF1alpha regulates expression of a variety of organic anion and cation transporters through utilization of an HNF1alpha-null mouse model. Expression of 32 transporters, including members of the Oat, Oatp, Oct, Mrp, Mdr, bile acid and sterolin families, was quantified in three different tissues: liver, kidney, and duodenum. The expression of 17 of 32 transporters was altered in liver, 21 of 32 in kidney, and 6 of 32 in duodenum of HNF1alpha-null mice. This includes many novel observations, including marked downregulation of Oats in kidney, as well as upregulation of many Mrp and Mdr family members in all three tissues. These data indicate that disruption of HNF1alpha causes a marked attenuation of several Oat and Oatp uptake transporters in liver and kidney, and increased expression of efflux transporters such as Mdrs and Mrps, thus suggesting that HNF1alpha is a central mediator in regulating hepatic, renal, and intestinal transporters.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B / genetics
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / genetics
  • Animals
  • Duodenum / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Profiling*
  • Genotype
  • Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 1-alpha / genetics
  • Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 1-alpha / physiology*
  • Kidney / metabolism*
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / genetics*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Multidrug Resistance-Associated Proteins / genetics
  • Organic Anion Transporters, Sodium-Independent / genetics


  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters
  • Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 1-alpha
  • Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Multidrug Resistance-Associated Proteins
  • Organic Anion Transporters, Sodium-Independent