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Reactive oxygen species-dependent regulation of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase-4 in white adipose tissue.

American journal of physiology. Cell physiology (2019-11-14)
Logan K Townsend, Alyssa J Weber, Pierre-Andre Barbeau, Graham P Holloway, David C Wright

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are important signaling molecules mediating the exercise-induced adaptations in skeletal muscle. Acute exercise also drives the expression of genes involved in reesterification and glyceroneogenesis in white adipose tissue (WAT), but whether ROS play any role in this effect has not been explored. We speculated that exercise-induced ROS would regulate acute exercise-induced responses in WAT. To address this question, we utilized various models to alter redox signaling in WAT. We examined basal and exercise-induced gene expression in a genetically modified mouse model of reduced mitochondrial ROS emission [mitochondrial catalase overexpression (MCAT)]. Additionally, H2O2, various antioxidants, and the β3-adrenergic receptor agonist CL316243 were used to assess gene expression in white adipose tissue culture. MCAT mice have reduced ROS emission from WAT, enlarged WAT depots and adipocytes, and greater pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase-4 (Pdk4) gene expression. In WAT culture, H2O2 reduced glyceroneogenic gene expression. In wild-type mice, acute exercise induced dramatic but transient increases in Pdk4 and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (Pck1) mRNA in both subcutaneous inguinal WAT and epididymal WAT depots, which was almost completely absent in MCAT mice. Furthermore, the induction of Pdk4 and Pck1 in WAT culture by CL316243 was markedly reduced in the presence of antioxidants N-acetyl-cysteine or vitamin E. Genetic and nutritional approaches that attenuate redox signaling prevent exercise- and β-agonist-induced gene expression within WAT. Combined, these data suggest that ROS represent important mediators of gene expression within WAT.

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Dexamethasone 21-phosphate disodium salt, ≥98%
Free Glycerol Reagent, used for quantitative enzymatic determination of glycerol
CL 316,243 hydrate, ≥98% (HPLC), powder
N-Acetyl-L-cysteine, Sigma Grade, ≥99% (TLC), powder
α-Tocopherol, ≥95.5%