Aliases for PDK4 Gene
External Ids for PDK4 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for PDK4 Gene
This gene is a member of the PDK/BCKDK protein kinase family and encodes a mitochondrial protein with a histidine kinase domain. This protein is located in the matrix of the mitrochondria and inhibits the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex by phosphorylating one of its subunits, thereby contributing to the regulation of glucose metabolism. Expression of this gene is regulated by glucocorticoids, retinoic acid and insulin. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for PDK4 Gene
PDK4 (Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase 4) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with PDK4 include Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Rhabdomyosarcoma. Among its related pathways are Signaling by Retinoic Acid and Signaling by GPCR. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include protein kinase activity and pyruvate dehydrogenase (acetyl-transferring) kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is PDK1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for PDK4 Gene
Kinase that plays a key role in regulation of glucose and fatty acid metabolism and homeostasis via phosphorylation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase subunits PDHA1 and PDHA2. This inhibits pyruvate dehydrogenase activity, and thereby regulates metabolite flux through the tricarboxylic acid cycle, down-regulates aerobic respiration and inhibits the formation of acetyl-coenzyme A from pyruvate. Inhibition of pyruvate dehydrogenase decreases glucose utilization and increases fat metabolism in response to prolonged fasting and starvation. Plays an important role in maintaining normal blood glucose levels under starvation, and is involved in the insulin signaling cascade. Via its regulation of pyruvate dehydrogenase activity, plays an important role in maintaining normal blood pH and in preventing the accumulation of ketone bodies under starvation. In the fed state, mediates cellular responses to glucose levels and to a high-fat diet. Regulates both fatty acid oxidation and de novo fatty acid biosynthesis. Plays a role in the generation of reactive oxygen species. Protects detached epithelial cells against anoikis. Plays a role in cell proliferation via its role in regulating carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism.