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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-47934

Item, F; Heinzer-Schweizer, S; Wyss, M; Fontana, P; Lehmann, R; Henning, A; Weber, M; Boesiger, P; Boutellier, U; Toigo, M (2011). Mitochondrial capacity is affected by glycemic status in young untrained women with type 1 diabetes but is not impaired relative to healthy untrained women. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 301(1):R60-R66.

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In this study, we examined whether glycemic status influences aerobic function in women with type 1 diabetes and whether aerobic function is reduced relative to healthy women. To this end, we compared several factors determining aerobic function of 29 young sedentary asymptomatic women (CON) with 9 women of similar age and activity level with type 1 diabetes [DIA, HbA1c range = 6.9-8.2%]. Calf muscle mitochondrial capacity was estimated by (31)P-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Capillarization and muscle fiber oxidative enzyme activity were assessed from vastus lateralis and soleus muscle biopsies. Oxygen uptake and cardiac output were evaluated by ergospirometry and N(2)O/SF(6) rebreathing. Calf muscle mitochondrial capacity was not different between CON and DIA, as indicated by the identical calculated maximal rates of oxidative ATP synthesis [0.0307 (0.0070) vs. 0.0309 (0.0058) s(-1), P = 0.930]. Notably, HbA1c was negatively correlated with mitochondrial capacity in DIA (R(2) = 0.475, P = 0.040). Although HbA1c was negatively correlated with cardiac output (R(2) = 0.742, P = 0.013) in DIA, there was no difference between CON and DIA in maximal oxygen consumption [2.17 (0.34) vs. 2.21 (0.32) l⋅min(-1), P = 0.764], cardiac output [12.1 (1.9) vs. 12.3 (1.8) l⋅min(-1), P = 0.783], and endurance capacity [532 (212) vs. 471 (119) s, P = 0.475]. There was also no difference between the two groups either in the oxidative enzyme activity or capillary-to-fiber ratio. We conclude that mitochondrial capacity depends on HbA1c in untrained women with type 1 diabetes but is not reduced relative to untrained healthy women.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology

04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Endocrinology and Diabetology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:19 Apr 2011 08:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:54
Publisher:American Physiological Society
Publisher DOI:10.1152/ajpregu.00747.2010
PubMed ID:21490367

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