Author(s): Boucher A, Lu D, Burgess SC, TelemaquePotts S, Jensen MV,
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Abstract Hyperlipidemia appears to play an integral role in loss of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) in type 2 diabetes. This impairment can be simulated in vitro by chronic culture of 832/13 insulinoma cells with high concentrations of free fatty acids, or by study of lipid-laden islets from Zucker diabetic fatty rats. Here we show that impaired GSIS is not a simple result of saturation of lipid storage pathways, as adenovirus-mediated overexpression of a cytosolically localized variant of malonyl-CoA decarboxylase in either cellular model results in dramatic lowering of cellular triglyceride stores but no improvement in GSIS. Instead, the glucose-induced increment in "pyruvate cycling" activity (pyruvate exchange with tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates measured by (13)C NMR), previously shown to play an important role in GSIS, is completely ablated in concert with profound suppression of GSIS in lipid-cultured 832/13 cells, whereas glucose oxidation is unaffected. Moreover, GSIS is partially restored in both lipid-cultured 832/13 cells and islets from Zucker diabetic fatty rats by addition of a membrane permeant ester of a pyruvate cycling intermediate (dimethyl malate). We conclude that chronic exposure of islet beta-cells to fatty acids grossly alters a mitochondrial pathway of pyruvate metabolism that is important for normal GSIS.
This article was published in J Biol Chem
and referenced in Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy