Oxysterols derived from cholesterol (Homo sapiens)

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Oxysterols are oxygenated derivatives of cholesterol or its sterol precursors, e.g. 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) or desmosterol. There are three mechanisms leading to the formation of oxysterols:

1. Enzymatically (first steps of sterol metabolism, being intermediates for the formation of steroid hormones, bile acids and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3). 2. Non-enzymatically by encountering reactive oxygen species (ROS), providing a second pool of metabolites (this pool also includes oxidized cholesterol molecules taken in from diet). 3. Generation by the gut microflora and uptake through the enterohepatic circulation.

Previously oxysterols where though to be inactive metabolic intermediates, however recent findings have established that these metabolites are involved in cholesterol homoeostasis, can be ligands to nuclear and G protein-coupled receptors and biomarkers of diseases (for example Niemann-Pick disease).

This pathway drawing was inspired by Figure 3 of the review article by Griffiths et al. (2016) [1], and has been extended with immune system, receptor agonists, steroidal alkaloid and biomarker information from the same paper.

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105674view19:22, 12 August 2019EgonwReplaced a gene ID with the matching UniProt ID.
105673view18:50, 12 August 2019EgonwCompleted a few UniProt identifiers.
104248view18:49, 11 May 2019EgonwRemoved the RHEA: prefix from the identifier.
103580view12:15, 18 March 2019DeSlModified description
103488view13:34, 6 March 2019DeSlOntology Term : 'cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis pathway' added !
103487view13:34, 6 March 2019DeSlOntology Term : 'Niemann-Pick disease type C1' added !
103486view13:34, 6 March 2019DeSlOntology Term : 'Niemann-Pick disease type B' added !
103485view13:34, 6 March 2019DeSlOntology Term : 'Niemann-Pick disease' added !
103484view13:34, 6 March 2019DeSlOntology Term : 'Niemann-Pick disease type A' added !
103483view13:34, 6 March 2019DeSlOntology Term : 'sterol regulatory element-binding protein signaling pathway' added !
103482view13:33, 6 March 2019DeSlOntology Term : 'cholesterol metabolic pathway' added !
103481view13:32, 6 March 2019DeSlModified description
103480view13:22, 6 March 2019DeSlAdded more IDs for metabolites (and Cyp46A1).
103479view13:16, 6 March 2019DeSlAdded more details from lit. ref.
103478view12:44, 6 March 2019DeSlAdded "subunits" of ChEH
103477view12:35, 6 March 2019DeSlAdded more IDs and Lit. ref info.
103476view12:02, 6 March 2019DeSlAdded more IDs
103475view10:59, 6 March 2019DeSlNew pathway

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NameTypeDatabase referenceComment
(25R)26-HCMetaboliteQ15634124 (Wikidata) "AKA (25R)26-hydroxycholesterol; Named with systematic nomenclature, where hydroxylation at the terminal side chain of cholesterol is on C-26 leading to 26-hydroxycholesterol (26-HC) which may have 25R or 25S stereochemistry [26]. Unless stated otherwise 25R stereochemistry is assumed. In much of the literature (25R)26-HC is referred to 27-hydroxycholesterol (27-HC), presumably the 25R isomer."
24S-diHCMetaboliteQ27071873 (Wikidata) AKA (24S)-hydroxycholesterol
25-HCMetaboliteQ27071875 (Wikidata)
  • AKA 25-Hydroxycholesterol
  • Produced by macrophages [PMID: 19805370, 19502589, 23273843], in vivo [PMID: 25104388].
5,6-alpha-EpoxycholesterolMetaboliteQ27121609 (Wikidata) AKA 5,6α-epoxycholesterol
7-alpha, (25R)26-diHCMetaboliteQ28487682 (Wikidata) AKA 7α,26-dihydroxycholesterol (7α,26-diHC).
7-alpha,25-diHCMetaboliteQ27074018 (Wikidata)
  • AKA 7α,25-Dihydroxycholesterol
  • Involved in immune response (agonist of G-protein-coupled receptor EBI2 (AKA GPR183)) [PMID: 21796212, 21796211].
7-alpha-HCMetaboliteQ155744 (Wikidata) AKA 7α-hydroxycholesterol (7α-HC)
7-beta, (25R)26-diHCMetaboliteQ27074030 (Wikidata) AKA 7β,26-dihydroxycholesterol (7β,26-diHC).
7-beta-HCMetaboliteQ27074031 (Wikidata) AKA 7β-hydroxycholesterol (7β-HC)
CH25HProteinO95992 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) AKA cholesterol 25-hydroxylase
ChEHProteinP34913 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
  • AKA cholesterol epoxide hydrolase (ChEH); EC:
  • "ChEH is a dimer of 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase (DHCR7) and 3β-hydroxysteroid-Δ8-Δ7-isomerase (D8D7I)"
Cholestane-3-beta, 5-alpha, 6-beta-triolMetaboliteQ27103493 (Wikidata)
  • AKA cholestane-3β,5α,6β-triol
  • "Biomarker for NPC1; elevated levels of cholestane-3β,5α,6β-triol in plasma from NPC1 patients." [PMID: 21048217].
CholesterolMetaboliteQ43656 (Wikidata)
Cyp27A1ProteinCYP27A1 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
Cyp46A1ProteinQ9Y6A2 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) Responsible for cholesterol homeostasis in brain.
Cyp7A1ProteinP22680 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) cholesterol 7 alpha-hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme in bile acid biosynthesis.
Cyp7B1ProteinO75881 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
D8D7IProtein"ChEH is a dimer of 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase (DHCR7) and 3β-hydroxysteroid-Δ8-Δ7-isomerase (D8D7I)"
DDAMetaboliteQ61983671 (Wikidata) AKA Dendrogenin A
DHCR7ProteinQ9UBM7 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) "ChEH is a dimer of 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase (DHCR7) and 3β-hydroxysteroid-Δ8-Δ7-isomerase (D8D7I)"
EBI2ProteinP32249 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) AKA G protein-coupled receptor EBI2 (GPR183)
Estrogen receptor alphaProteinP03372 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) Expressed in vascular cells.
Estrogen receptor betaProteinQ92731 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) Expressed in vascular cells.
IL-17AProteinQ16552 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) "IL-17 familiy is essential in host defense and may play key pathogenic roles in autoimmune diseases." [PMID: 25092323]
IL-17BProteinQ9UHF5 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) "IL-17 familiy is essential in host defense and may play key pathogenic roles in autoimmune diseases." [PMID: 25092323]
IL-17CProtein9P0M4 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) "IL-17 familiy is essential in host defense and may play key pathogenic roles in autoimmune diseases." [PMID: 25092323]
IL-17DProteinQ8TAD2 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) "IL-17 familiy is essential in host defense and may play key pathogenic roles in autoimmune diseases." [PMID: 25092323]
IL-17EProteinQ9H293 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) "IL-17 familiy is essential in host defense and may play key pathogenic roles in autoimmune diseases." [PMID: 25092323]
IL-17FProtein96PD4 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) "IL-17 familiy is essential in host defense and may play key pathogenic roles in autoimmune diseases." [PMID: 25092323]
LXR-alphaProtein13133 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
LXR-betaProteinP55055 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
ROR-γt ProteinF1D8P6 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
  • AKA RAR-related orphan receptor gamma (RORγt); consists of 2 isoforms: RORγ and RORγt. This nuclear receptor is required for generating IL-17-producing CD4(+) Th17 T cells.
  • "RORγt (also known as RORγ2) – produced from an mRNA identical to that of RORγ, except that the two 5'-most exons are replaced by an alternative exon, located downstream in the gene. This causes a different, shorter N-terminus." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAR-related_orphan_receptor_gamma]
histamineMetaboliteQ61233 (Wikidata)

Annotated Interactions

SourceTargetTypeDatabase referenceComment
25-HC7-alpha,25-diHCmim-conversionRHEA:24309 (Rhea)
Cholesterol24S-diHCmim-conversionRHEA:22717 (Rhea)
Cholesterol25-HCmim-conversionRHEA:21105 (Rhea)
Cholesterol7-alpha-HCmim-conversionRHEA:21813 (Rhea)
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