Evidence of a malonyl-CoA-insensitive carnitine palmitoyltransferase I activity in red skeletal muscle


Journal Article

Carnitine palmitoyltransferase I (CPT I), which is expressed as two distinct isoforms in liver (α) and muscle (β), catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the transport of fatty acid into the mitochondria. Malonyl-CoA, a potent inhibitor of CPT I, is considered a key regulator of fatty β-acid oxidation in both tissues. Still unanswered is how muscle oxidation proceeds despite malonyl-CoA concentrations that exceed the IC50 for CPT Iβ. We evaluated malonyl-CoA-suppressible [14C]palmitate oxidation and CPT I activity in homogenates of red (RG) and white (WG) gastrocnemius, soleus (SOL), and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles. Adding 10 μM malonyl-CoA inhibited palmitate oxidation by 29, 39, 60, and 89% in RG, SOL, EDL, and WG, respectively. Thus malonyl-CoA resistance, which correlated strongly (0.678) with absolute oxidation rates (RG > SOL > EDL > WG), was greater in red than in white muscles. Similarly, malonyl-CoA-resistant palmitate oxidation and CPT I activity were greater in mitochondria from RG compared with WG. Ribonuclease protection assays were performed to evaluate whether our data might be explained by differential expression of CPT I splice variants. We detected the presence of two CPT Iβ splice variants that were more abundant in red compared with white muscle, but the relative expression of the two mRNA species was unrelated to malonyl-CoA resistance. These results provide evidence of a malonyl-CoA-insensitive CPT I activity in red muscle, suggesting fiber type-specific expression of distinct CPT I isoforms and/or posttranslational modulations that have yet to be elucidated.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, JY; Koves, TR; Yu, GS; Gulick, T; Cortright, RN; Lynis Dohm, G; Muoio, DM

Published Date

  • June 29, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 282 / 5 45-5

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0193-1849

Citation Source

  • Scopus