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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Substrate availability regulates energy metabolism via transcriptional mechanism

item Yan, Jie
item Young, Martin
item Lopaschuk, Gary
item Liao, Ronglih
item Tian, Rong

Submitted to: Circulation
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/20/2006
Publication Date: 10/31/2006
Citation: Yan, J., Young, M.E., Lopaschuk, G.D., Liao, R., Tian, R. 2006. Substrate availability regulates energy metabolism via transcriptional mechanism [abstract]. Circulation. 114(18):135.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The present study investigated the mechanisms by which enhanced substrate availability regulates cardiac metabolism and function. Chronic elevation of intracellular glucose levels were achieved by overexpressing GLUT1 in mouse hearts (TG), while chronic elevation of fatty acids (FA) availability were achieved by feeding wild-type (WT) and TG mice a high fat (HF) diet (45% energy from fat) for 20 weeks. 13C-NMR studies showed that fatty acid oxidation (FAO) failed to increase in HF-TG hearts, although it increased by 50% in HF-WT hearts (p<0.01 vs. WT). Myocardial malonyl-CoA levels were elevated by 30% in both TG and HF-TG compared to WT (p<0.05), suggesting inhibition of mCPT-1 by malonyl-CoA contributed to decreased FAO observed in TG hearts. Transcript analysis revealed increased expression of ACCalpha and ACCalpha by 5.2 fold and 1.3 fold respectively, in TG vs. WT hearts (p<0.01 for both); these increases were sustained in HF-TG hearts but not observed in HF-WT. Glucose-mediated suppression of FAO in the face of increased FA availability in HF-TG hearts was associated with impaired LV fractional shortening (p<0.01). However, induction of known PPARalpha target genes was greater in HF-TG hearts versus HF-WT hearts, which was associated with a greater decrease in PPARalpha expression in TG hearts versus WT hearts, independent of diet. In conclusion, we have shown that long-term increases in either glucose or FA supply cause upregulation of PPARalpha target genes with feedback inhibition of PPARalpha expression, while the induction of ACC by increased glucose supply ultimately minimizes myocardial FAO. Although these mechanisms allow the heart to adapt to periods of increased glucose or fatty acids supply alone, they fail to accommodate simultaneous increases of both substrates (e.g., during diabetes), resulting in contractile dysfunction (i.e., glucolipotoxicity).

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