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Choi, C S; Befroy, D E; Codella, R; Kim, S; Reznick, R M; Hwang, Y J; Liu, Z X; Lee, H Y; Distefano, A; Samuel, V T; Zhang, D; Cline, G W; Handschin, C; Lin, J; Petersen, K F; Spiegelman, B M; Shulman, G I (2008). Paradoxical effects of increased expression of PGC-1alpha on muscle mitochondrial function and insulin-stimulated muscle glucose metabolism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 105(50):19926-19931.

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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator (PGC)-1alpha has been shown to play critical roles in regulating mitochondria biogenesis, respiration, and muscle oxidative phenotype. Furthermore, reductions in the expression of PGC-1alpha in muscle have been implicated in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. To determine the effect of increased muscle-specific PGC-1alpha expression on muscle mitochondrial function and glucose and lipid metabolism in vivo, we examined body composition, energy balance, and liver and muscle insulin sensitivity by hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp studies and muscle energetics by using (31)P magnetic resonance spectroscopy in transgenic mice. Increased expression of PGC-1alpha in muscle resulted in a 2.4-fold increase in mitochondrial density, which was associated with an approximately 60% increase in the unidirectional rate of ATP synthesis. Surprisingly, there was no effect of increased muscle PGC-1alpha expression on whole-body energy expenditure, and PGC-1alpha transgenic mice were more prone to fat-induced insulin resistance because of decreased insulin-stimulated muscle glucose uptake. The reduced insulin-stimulated muscle glucose uptake could most likely be attributed to a relative increase in fatty acid delivery/triglyceride reesterfication, as reflected by increased expression of CD36, acyl-CoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase1, and mitochondrial acyl-CoA:glycerol-sn-3-phosphate acyltransferase, that may have exceeded mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation, resulting in increased intracellular lipid accumulation and an increase in the membrane to cytosol diacylglycerol content. This, in turn, caused activation of PKC, decreased insulin signaling at the level of insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) tyrosine phosphorylation, and skeletal muscle insulin resistance.


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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
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Date:16 December 2008
Deposited On:06 Jan 2009 13:17
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 19:30
Publisher:National Academy of Sciences
Additional Information:Copyright: National Academy of Sciences USA Full text article at http://www.pnas.org/content/105/50/19926
Publisher DOI:10.1073/pnas.0810339105
Official URL:http://www.pnas.org/content/105/50/19926
PubMed ID:19066218

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