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Lipase, hormone-sensitive
Symbols LIPE; HSL; LHS
External IDs OMIM151750 MGI96790 HomoloGene3912 GeneCards: LIPE Gene
EC number
RNA expression pattern
PBB GE LIPE 208186 s at tn.png
PBB GE LIPE 213855 s at tn.png
More reference expression data
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 3991 16890
Ensembl ENSG00000079435 ENSMUSG00000003123
UniProt Q05469 Q6LCY9
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_005357 NM_001039507
RefSeq (protein) NP_005348 NP_001034596
Location (UCSC) Chr 19:
47.6 - 47.62 Mb
Chr 7:
25.09 - 25.1 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

Lipase, hormone-sensitive also known as LIPE is an enzyme which in humans is encoded by the LIPE gene.[1]

LIPE is an intracellular neutral lipase that is capable of hydrolyzing a variety of esters.[2] The enzyme has a long and a short form. The long form is expressed in steroidogenic tissues such as testis, where it converts cholesteryl esters to free cholesterol for steroid hormone production. The short form is expressed in adipose tissue, among others, where it hydrolyzes stored triglycerides to free fatty acids.[3]



LIPE functions to hydrolyze the first fatty acid from a triacylglycerol molecule, freeing a fatty acid and diglyceride. It is also known as triglyceride lipase, while the enzyme that cleaves the second fatty acid in the triglyceride is known as diglyceride lipase, and the third enzyme that cleaves the final fatty acid is called monoglyceride lipase. Only the initial enzyme is affected by hormones, hence its hormone-sensitive lipase name. The diglyceride and monoglyceride enzymes are tens to hundreds of times faster, hence HSL is the rate-limiting step in cleaving fatty acids from the triglyceride molecule.[4][5]

LIPE is activated when the body needs to mobilize energy stores, and so responds positively to catecholamines, ACTH, and negatively to insulin. Previously, glucagon was thought to activate LIPE, however the removal of insulin's inhibitory effects ("cutting the brakes") is the source of activation. The lipolytic effect of glucagon in adipose tissue is minimal in humans.


It may be activated by two mechanisms.[6]

  • In the first, it is phosphorylated by perilipin A, causing it to move to the surface of the lipid droplet, where it may begin hydrolyzing the lipid droplet.


  1. ^ Langin D, Laurell H, Holst LS, Belfrage P, Holm C (June 1993). "Gene organization and primary structure of human hormone-sensitive lipase: possible significance of a sequence homology with a lipase of Moraxella TA144, an antarctic bacterium". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 90 (11): 4897–901. doi:10.1073/pnas.90.11.4897. PMID 8506334.  
  2. ^ Kraemer FB, Shen WJ (October 2002). "Hormone-sensitive lipase: control of intracellular tri-(di-)acylglycerol and cholesteryl ester hydrolysis". J. Lipid Res. 43 (10): 1585–94. doi:10.1194/jlr.R200009-JLR200. PMID 12364542.  
  3. ^ "Entrez Gene: LIPE lipase, hormone-sensitive".  
  4. ^ Crabtree B, Newsholme EA (December 1972). "The activities of lipases and carnitine palmitoyltransferase in muscles from vertebrates and invertebrates". Biochem. J. 130 (3): 697–705. PMID 4664927.  
  5. ^ [|de Meijer J] (1998-05-01). Hormone sensitive lipase: structure, function and regulation. Retrieved 2009-02-04.  
  6. ^ Cox, Michael; Nelson, David R.; Lehninger, Albert L (2005). Lehninger principles of biochemistry. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-4339-6.  

Further reading

  • Kraemer FB, Shen WJ (2003). "Hormone-sensitive lipase: control of intracellular tri-(di-)acylglycerol and cholesteryl ester hydrolysis.". J. Lipid Res. 43 (10): 1585–94. doi:10.1194/jlr.R200009-JLR200. PMID 12364542.  
  • Langfort J, Donsmark M, Ploug T, et al. (2003). "Hormone-sensitive lipase in skeletal muscle: regulatory mechanisms.". Acta Physiol. Scand. 178 (4): 397–403. doi:10.1046/j.1365-201X.2003.01155.x. PMID 12864745.  
  • Holm C (2004). "Molecular mechanisms regulating hormone-sensitive lipase and lipolysis.". Biochem. Soc. Trans. 31 (Pt 6): 1120–4. doi:10.1042/ (inactive 2009-02-04). PMID 14641008.  
  • Holm C, Kirchgessner TG, Svenson KL, et al. (1988). "Hormone-sensitive lipase: sequence, expression, and chromosomal localization to 19 cent-q13.3.". Science 241 (4872): 1503–6. doi:10.1126/science.3420405. PMID 3420405.  
  • Levitt RC, Liu Z, Nouri N, et al. (1995). "Mapping of the gene for hormone sensitive lipase (LIPE) to chromosome 19q13.1→q13.2.". Cytogenet. Cell Genet. 69 (3-4): 211–4. doi:10.1159/000133966. PMID 7698015.  
  • Langin D, Laurell H, Holst LS, et al. (1993). "Gene organization and primary structure of human hormone-sensitive lipase: possible significance of a sequence homology with a lipase of Moraxella TA144, an antarctic bacterium.". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 90 (11): 4897–901. doi:10.1073/pnas.90.11.4897. PMID 8506334.  
  • Holst LS, Langin D, Mulder H, et al. (1996). "Molecular cloning, genomic organization, and expression of a testicular isoform of hormone-sensitive lipase.". Genomics 35 (3): 441–7. doi:10.1006/geno.1996.0383. PMID 8812477.  
  • Anthonsen MW, Rönnstrand L, Wernstedt C, et al. (1998). "Identification of novel phosphorylation sites in hormone-sensitive lipase that are phosphorylated in response to isoproterenol and govern activation properties in vitro.". J. Biol. Chem. 273 (1): 215–21. doi:10.1074/jbc.273.1.215. PMID 9417067.  
  • Shen WJ, Sridhar K, Bernlohr DA, Kraemer FB (1999). "Interaction of rat hormone-sensitive lipase with adipocyte lipid-binding protein.". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 96 (10): 5528–32. doi:10.1073/pnas.96.10.5528. PMID 10318917.  
  • Syu LJ, Saltiel AR (1999). "Lipotransin: a novel docking protein for hormone-sensitive lipase.". Mol. Cell 4 (1): 109–15. doi:10.1016/S1097-2765(00)80192-6. PMID 10445032.  
  • Shen WJ, Patel S, Hong R, Kraemer FB (2000). "Hormone-sensitive lipase functions as an oligomer.". Biochemistry 39 (9): 2392–8. doi:10.1021/bi992283h. PMID 10694408.  
  • Johnson WJ, Jang SY, Bernard DW (2001). "Hormone sensitive lipase mRNA in both monocyte and macrophage forms of the human THP-1 cell line.". Comp. Biochem. Physiol. B, Biochem. Mol. Biol. 126 (4): 543–52. doi:10.1016/S0305-0491(00)00220-0. PMID 11026666.  
  • Laurin NN, Wang SP, Mitchell GA (2001). "The hormone-sensitive lipase gene is transcribed from at least five alternative first exons in mouse adipose tissue.". Mamm. Genome 11 (11): 972–8. doi:10.1007/s003350010185. PMID 11063252.  
  • Greenberg AS, Shen WJ, Muliro K, et al. (2002). "Stimulation of lipolysis and hormone-sensitive lipase via the extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathway.". J. Biol. Chem. 276 (48): 45456–61. doi:10.1074/jbc.M104436200. PMID 11581251.  
  • Talmud PJ, Palmen J, Luan J, et al. (2002). "Variation in the promoter of the human hormone sensitive lipase gene shows gender specific effects on insulin and lipid levels: results from the Ely study.". Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1537 (3): 239–44. PMID 11731226.  
  • Kolehmainen M, Vidal H, Ohisalo JJ, et al. (2002). "Hormone sensitive lipase expression and adipose tissue metabolism show gender difference in obese subjects after weight loss.". Int. J. Obes. Relat. Metab. Disord. 26 (1): 6–16. doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0801858. PMID 11791141.  
  • Smih F, Rouet P, Lucas S, et al. (2002). "Transcriptional regulation of adipocyte hormone-sensitive lipase by glucose.". Diabetes 51 (2): 293–300. doi:10.2337/diabetes.51.2.293. PMID 11812735.  
  • Mairal A, Melaine N, Laurell H, et al. (2002). "Characterization of a novel testicular form of human hormone-sensitive lipase.". Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 291 (2): 286–90. doi:10.1006/bbrc.2002.6427. PMID 11846402.  
  • Ylitalo K, Nuotio I, Viikari J, et al. (2002). "C3, hormone-sensitive lipase, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma expression in adipose tissue of familial combined hyperlipidemia patients.". Metab. Clin. Exp. 51 (5): 664–70. PMID 11979403.  

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