Pharmacological Blockade of Cannabinoid CB1 Receptors in Diet-Induced Obesity Regulates Mitochondrial Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase in Muscle

Sergio Arrabal, Miguel Angel Lucena, Miren Josune Canduela, Almudena Ramos-Uriarte, Patricia Rivera, Antonia Serrano, Francisco Javier Pavón, Juan Decara, Antonio Vargas, Elena Baixeras, Mercedes Martín-Rufián, Javier Márquez, Pedro Fernández-Llébrez, Baukje De Roos, Pedro Grandes, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca, Juan Suárez

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Cannabinoid CB1 receptors peripherally modulate energy metabolism. Here, we investigated the role of CB1 receptors in the expression of glucose/pyruvate/tricarboxylic acid (TCA) metabolism in rat abdominal muscle. Dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase (DLD), a flavoprotein component (E3) of α-ketoacid dehydrogenase complexes with diaphorase activity in mitochondria, was specifically analyzed. After assessing the effectiveness of the CB1 receptor antagonist AM251 (3 mg kg-1, 14 days) on food intake and body weight, we could identified seven key enzymes from either glycolytic pathway or TCA cycle-regulated by both diet and CB1 receptor activity-through comprehensive proteomic approaches involving two-dimensional electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF/LC-ESI trap mass spectrometry. These enzymes were glucose 6-phosphate isomerase (GPI), triosephosphate isomerase (TPI), enolase (Eno3), lactate dehydrogenase (LDHa), glyoxalase-1 (Glo1) and the mitochondrial DLD, whose expressions were modified by AM251 in hypercaloric diet-induced obesity. Specifically, AM251 blocked high-carbohydrate diet (HCD)-induced expression of GPI, TPI, Eno3 and LDHa, suggesting a down-regulation of glucose/pyruvate/lactate pathways under glucose availability. AM251 reversed the HCD-inhibited expression of Glo1 and DLD in the muscle, and the DLD and CB1 receptor expression in the mitochondrial fraction. Interestingly, we identified the presence of CB1 receptors at the membrane of striate muscle mitochondria. DLD over-expression was confirmed in muscle of CB1-/- mice. AM251 increased the pyruvate dehydrogenase and glutathione reductase activity in C2C12 myotubes, and the diaphorase/oxidative activity in the mitochondria fraction. These results indicated an up-regulation of methylglyoxal and TCA cycle activity. Findings suggest that CB1 receptors in muscle modulate glucose/pyruvate/lactate pathways and mitochondrial oxidative activity by targeting DLD.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0145244
Number of pages23
JournalPloS ONE
Issue number12
Early online date15 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding: This work was supported by CIBERobn (CB06/03/1008), Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO) (PG: BFU2012-33334), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), MINECO, co-funded by UE-ERDF program (JS: CP12/03109), Red de Trastornos Adictivos (FRF: RD12/0028/0001, PG: RD12/0028/0004, JM: RD12/0028/0013), The Basque Country Government (PG: BCG IT764-13), Consejería de Economía, Innovación y Ciencia, Junta de Andalucía, UE-ERDF (FRF: CTS-8221, JM: CVI-6656), Consejería de Salud, Junta de Andalucía, UE-ERDF (FRF: SAS111224), and University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (PG: UFI11/41). JS, FJP and AS hold “Miguel Servet” research contracts from the National System of Health, ISCIII, UE-ERDF (CP12/03109, CP14/00212, and CP14/00173 respectively)


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