Pimozide Alleviates Hyperglycemia in Diet-Induced Obesity by Inhibiting Skeletal Muscle Ketone Oxidation.

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Perturbations in carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism contribute to obesity-induced type 2 diabetes (T2D), though whether alterations in ketone body metabolism influence T2D pathology is unknown. We report here that activity of the rate-limiting enzyme for ketone body oxidation, succinyl-CoA:3-ketoacid-CoA transferase (SCOT/Oxct1), is increased in muscles of obese mice. We also found that the diphenylbutylpiperidine pimozide, which is approved to suppress tics in individuals with Tourette syndrome, is a SCOT antagonist. Pimozide treatment reversed obesity-induced hyperglycemia in mice, which was phenocopied in mice with muscle-specific Oxct1/SCOT deficiency. These actions were dependent on pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH/Pdha1) activity, the rate-limiting enzyme of glucose oxidation, as pimozide failed to alleviate hyperglycemia in obese mice with a muscle-specific Pdha1/PDH deficiency. This work defines a fundamental contribution of enhanced ketone body oxidation to the pathology of obesity-induced T2D, while suggesting pharmacological SCOT inhibition as a new class of anti-diabetes therapy.

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Cited Authors

  • Al Batran, R; Gopal, K; Capozzi, ME; Chahade, JJ; Saleme, B; Tabatabaei-Dakhili, SA; Greenwell, AA; Niu, J; Almutairi, M; Byrne, NJ; Masson, G; Kim, R; Eaton, F; Mulvihill, EE; Garneau, L; Masters, AR; Desta, Z; Velázquez-Martínez, CA; Aguer, C; Crawford, PA; Sutendra, G; Campbell, JE; Dyck, JRB; Ussher, JR

Published Date

  • May 5, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 909 - 919.e8

PubMed ID

  • 32275862

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1932-7420

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cmet.2020.03.017


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States