Effect of regional muscle location but not adiposity on mitochondrial biogenesis-regulating proteins

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine if the expression of the mitochondrial biogenesis-regulating proteins SIRT1, SIRT3 and PGC-1alpha in human skeletal muscle is influenced by adiposity.

METHOD: Twenty-nine male subjects were recruited into three groups: control (n = 10), obese (n = 10) and post-obese (n = 9). Intentionally, groups were matched by age, aerobic capacity and in addition the control and post-obese groups also by BMI. Muscle biopsies were obtained from the m. deltoid and vastus lateralis. PGC-1alpha, SIRT1 and SIRT3 protein expression was analyzed by Western blot.

RESULT: PGC-1alpha, SIRT1 and SIRT3 protein expression was similar regardless of the level of adiposity. Only a main effect of group on SIRT1 protein showed a trend toward higher expression in post-obese than control and obese (P = 0.09). Despite similar muscle fiber-type composition (previously reported), PGC-1alpha, SIRT1 and SIRT3 protein expression was higher in leg compared to arm muscle in all groups (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: This study shows that PGC-1alpha, SIRT1 and SIRT3 protein expression in basal conditions was not altered in humans with different levels of adiposity but similar aerobic capacity. The expression of PGC-1alpha, SIRT1 and SIRT3 was higher in vastus lateralis than in deltoid muscle, indicating that local rather than systemic factors prevail in regulating the level of expression of these proteins.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2016

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