Regulation of α-ketoisocaproate binding to albumin in vivo by free fatty acids

S. L. Nissen, J. M. Miles, J. E. Gerich, M. W. Haymond

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The importance of α-keto acid binding to plasma proteins was investigated both in vitro and in vivo using α-ketoisocaproate (KIC), the α-keto acid of leucine. Gel chromatography indicated that 65% of the radioactivity comigrated with serum albumin. An ultrafiltration assay was developed to estimate the percentage of free and bound KIC. These percentages, along with total plasma KIC concentrations, were used to calculate the circulating concentrations of free and bound KIC. KIC or free fatty acids (FFA) displaced [14C]KIC bound to bovine albumin or whole plasma. KIC was totally displaced from plasma proteins by 10 mM oleate, stearate, and myristate; whereas the α-keto acids of isoleucine and value were 50 and 85%, respectively, as effective as KIC. To determine whether increased plasma FFA concentrations alter the binding of KIC to plasma proteins in vivo, 5 postabsorptive humans were infused with triglyceride and heparin during the simultaneous administration of somatostatin, glucagon, and insulin. During the FFA elevation, plasma leucine decreased by 9% (P < 0.02). Total plasma KIC remained constant, whereas free KIC increased (P < 0.02) and bound KIC decreased (P < 0.001). These results indicate that KIC is bound to plasma albumin in vivo and suggests that FFA, by altering circulating free KIC concentrations, may influence protein metabolism in man.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E67-E71
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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