Plasma amino acids stimulate uncoupled respiration of muscle subsarcolemmal mitochondria in lean but not obese humans

Katon A. Kras, Nyssa Hoffman, Lori R. Roust, Shivam H. Patel, Chad C. Carroll, Christos S. Katsanos

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Context: Obesity is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction in skeletal muscle. Increasing the plasma amino acid (AA) concentrations stimulates mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production in lean individuals. Objective: To determine whether acute elevation in plasma AAs enhances muscle mitochondrial respiration and ATP production in subsarcolemmal (SS) and intermyofibrillar (IMF) mitochondria in obese adults. Design: Assessment of SS and IMF mitochondrial function during saline (i.e., control) and AA infusions. Participants: Eligible participants were healthy lean (body mass index, 25 kg/m2; age, 37 63 years; n = 10) and obese (body mass index .30 kg/m2; age 35 6 3 years; n = 11) subjects. Intervention: Single trial of saline infusion followed by AA infusion. SS and IMF mitochondria were isolated from muscle biopsies collected at the end of the saline and AA infusions. Main Outcomes: Mitochondrial respiration and ATP production. Results: AA infusion increased adenosine 50-diphosphate (ADP)-stimulated respiration and ATP production rates of SS mitochondria in the lean (P,0.05), but not obese, subjects. Furthermore, AA infusion increased the uncoupled (i.e., non-ADP-stimulated) respiration of SS mitochondria in the lean subjects only (P , 0.05). AA infusion had no effect on any of these parameters in IMF mitochondria in either lean or obese subjects (P . 0.05). Conclusions: Increasing the plasmaAAconcentrations enhances the capacity for respiration and ATP production of muscle SS, but not IMF, mitochondria in lean individuals, in parallel with increases in uncoupled respiration. However, neither of these parameters increases in muscle SS or IMF mitochondria in obese individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4515-4525
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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