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Guerrier 2023 MiP2023

Guerrier Lisa
Human white adipose tissue mitochondrial respiration: effect of body composition

Link: MiP2023 Obergurgl AT

Guerrier Lisa (2023)

Event: MiP2023 Obergurgl AT

Authors: Guerrier Lisa, Malpuech-Brugere C, Bacoeur-Ouzillou O, Cassagnes L, Pezet D, Gagniere J, Richard R, Touron Julianne

Introduction: Adipose tissue (AT), as an endocrine organ, plays an important role in health and diseases, but unlike skeletal muscle, its energy metabolism have been under investigated due to technical limitations. Nevertheless, according to recent studies, mitochondria could play a predominant role in AT disorders and their activity could depend on adiposity level (1-3). This study aims to evaluate mitochondrial activity and metabolism of human visceral and subcutaneous white AT and their relationship with body mass index (BMI) and composition.
Methods: Sixty-two patients undergoing digestive surgery, without chemotherapy, nor parietal infection, have been included in the study with BMI ranging from 15.4 to 51.9 kg·m-2. Their body composition was assessed by computed tomographic (CT) image at third lumbar vertebra (L3). Mitochondrial function was measured in situ in digitonin-permeabilized adipocytes using high resolution respirometry and a substrate/inhibitor titration approach (Figure) (4,5). Protein accumulation of mitochondrial and lipid metabolism key elements was evaluated by Western-blot.
Results and discussion: Results showed a negative correlation between maximal mitochondrial respiration and BMI (p<0.05) as well as with AT surface, regardless of the anatomical location, though, OXPHOS respiration was significantly higher in visceral (2.22±0.15 pmol·sec-1·mg-1) than in the subcutaneous AT (1.79±0.17 pmol·sec-1·mg-1).
Thus, mitochondrial function can be studied with small amount of AT despite its low mitochondrial density and can be discriminated according to AT depot and BMI. Further analyses are required to know whether the observed differences are quantitative and/or qualitative, as well as to identify the mechanisms involved

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Keywords: Mitochondrial respiration, white adipose tissue, human


Figure. Substrate/Uncoupler/Inhibitor Titration Protocol. This protocol is based on the injection of substrates and inhibitors in order to activate and inhibitate successively complexes of mitochondrial respiratory chain.
Ama: antimycine A, AsTm: Ascorbate/TMPD, , Az: azide, CCCP: uncoupler, c: cytochrome c, D: ADP, ET: electron transfer, G: glutamate, M: malate, O: octanoyl carnitine, Rot: rotenone, S: succinate


Guerrier Lisa1, Malpuech-Brugère C1,2, Bacoeur-Ouzillou O1,3, Cassagnes L3, Pezet D3, Gagnière J3, Richard R1,2,3, Touron J1,2
  1. Univ Clermont-Auvergne, INRAe, UNH, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
  2. CRNH Auvergne, INRAe, UNH F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
  3. CHU Clermont-Ferrand, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
Corresponding author: [email protected]

Labels: MiParea: Respiration 

Organism: Human  Tissue;cell: Fat 

HRR: Oxygraph-2k  Event: Oral 

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