C/EBP-alpha a bZIP transcription factor that coordinates proliferation arrest and the differentiation of myeloid progenitors, adipocytes, hepatocytes, and cells of the lung and the placenta. C/EBP-alpha and -beta play essential and redundant functions during early embryogenesis. Forms homodimers or heterodimers with C/EBP-beta and -gamma. Required for postnatal maintenance of systemic energy homeostasis and lipid storage. Downregulates the expression of genes that maintain cells in an undifferentiated and proliferative state through E2F1 repression, which is critical for its ability to induce adipocyte and granulocyte terminal differentiation. Proliferation arrest also depends on a functional binding to SWI/SNF complex. In liver, regulates gluconeogenesis and lipogenesis through different mechanisms. To regulate gluconeogenesis, functionally cooperates with FOXO1 binding to IRE-controlled promoters and regulating the expression of target genes such as PCK1 or G6PC. To modulate lipogenesis, interacts and transcriptionally synergizes with SREBF1 in promoter activation of specific lipogenic target genes such as ACSS2. In adipose tissue, seems to act as FOXO1 coactivator accessing to adiponectin promoter through FOXO1 binding sites. Mutated in 9% of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The human protein has four isoforms produced by alternative initiation sites. Isoform 3 (p30) promotes the maintenance of an undifferentiated cellular state. Isoform 4 directly and specifically enhances ribosomal DNA transcription interacting with RNA polymerase I-specific cofactors and inducing histone acetylation. Mutations that favor expression of isoform 3 are the most common type of C/EBPa mutation in AML. Isoform 3 preferentially interacts with Wdr5, inhibiting differentiation and promoting the development of SET/MLL (SET-domain/mixed-lineage leukemia). Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: DNA-binding; Transcription factor
Chromosomal Location of Human Ortholog: 7 B2|7 21.02 cM
Cellular Component:  CHOP-C/EBP complex; intracellular membrane-bounded organelle; nuclear matrix; nucleolus; nucleoplasm; nucleus; protein-containing complex; Rb-E2F complex; RNA polymerase II transcription factor complex; transcription factor complex
Molecular Function:  DNA binding; DNA-binding transcription activator activity, RNA polymerase II-specific; DNA-binding transcription factor activity; DNA-binding transcription factor activity, RNA polymerase II-specific; histone deacetylase binding; HMG box domain binding; kinase binding; protein binding; protein domain specific binding; protein heterodimerization activity; protein homodimerization activity; protein-containing complex binding; RNA polymerase I regulatory region DNA binding; RNA polymerase II proximal promoter sequence-specific DNA binding; sequence-specific DNA binding; transcription coactivator activity; transcription factor binding; transcription regulatory region DNA binding
Biological Process:  brown fat cell differentiation; cell maturation; cellular response to lithium ion; cellular response to organic cyclic compound; cellular response to tumor necrosis factor; cholesterol metabolic process; cytokine-mediated signaling pathway; embryonic placenta development; fat cell differentiation; glucose homeostasis; granulocyte differentiation; inner ear development; interleukin-6-mediated signaling pathway; lipid homeostasis; liver development; lung development; macrophage differentiation; mitochondrion organization; multicellular organism development; myeloid cell differentiation; negative regulation of cell cycle; negative regulation of cell proliferation; negative regulation of transcription by RNA polymerase II; negative regulation of transcription, DNA-templated; Notch signaling pathway; positive regulation of DNA-templated transcription, initiation; positive regulation of fat cell differentiation; positive regulation of inflammatory response; positive regulation of macrophage activation; positive regulation of osteoblast differentiation; positive regulation of transcription by RNA polymerase II; positive regulation of transcription by RNA polymerase III; positive regulation of transcription, DNA-templated; regulation of cell proliferation; regulation of transcription by RNA polymerase II; regulation of transcription, DNA-templated; transcription by RNA polymerase I; transcription, DNA-templated; urea cycle; white fat cell differentiation
Reference #:  P53566 (UniProtKB)
Alt. Names/Synonyms: C/ebp; C/EBP alpha; C/EBP-alpha; C/ebpalpha; CBF-A; CCAAT/enhancer binding protein (C/EBP), alpha; CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein alpha; Ceb; Cebp; Cebpa
Gene Symbols: Cebpa
Molecular weight: 37,430 Da
Basal Isoelectric point: 7.25  Predict pI for various phosphorylation states
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Cross-references to other databases:  STRING  |  Reactome  |  BioGPS  |  Pfam  |  Phospho.ELM  |  NetworKIN  |  UniProtKB  |  Entrez-Gene  |  Ensembl Gene