Pregnancy and Smoothelin-like Protein 1 (SMTNL1) Deletion Promote the Switching of Skeletal Muscle to a Glycolytic Phenotype in Human and Mice.

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Pregnancy promotes physiological adaptations throughout the body, mediated by the female sex hormones progesterone and estrogen. Changes in the metabolic properties of skeletal muscle enable the female body to cope with the physiological challenges of pregnancy and may also be linked to the development of insulin resistance. We conducted global microarray, proteomic, and metabolic analyses to study the role of the progesterone receptor and its transcriptional regulator, smoothelin-like protein 1 (SMTNL1) in the adaptation of skeletal muscle to pregnancy. We demonstrate that pregnancy promotes fiber-type changes from an oxidative to glycolytic isoform in skeletal muscle. This phenomenon is regulated through an interaction between SMTNL1 and progesterone receptor, which alters the expression of contractile and metabolic proteins. smtnl1(-/-) mice are metabolically less efficient and show impaired glucose tolerance. Pregnancy antagonizes these effects by inducing metabolic activity and increasing glucose tolerance. Our results suggest that SMTNL1 has a role in mediating the actions of steroid hormones to promote fiber switching in skeletal muscle during pregnancy. Our findings also bear on the management of gestational diabetes that develops as a complication of pregnancy in ~4% of women.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lontay, B; Bodoor, K; Sipos, A; Weitzel, DH; Loiselle, D; Safi, R; Zheng, D; Devente, J; Hickner, RC; McDonnell, DP; Ribar, T; Haystead, TA

Published Date

  • July 17, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 290 / 29

Start / End Page

  • 17985 - 17998

PubMed ID

  • 26048986

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4505045

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1083-351X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M115.658120


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States