Mechanisms of liver steatosis in rats with systemic carnitine deficiency due to treatment with trimethylhydraziniumpropionate

Spaniol, M. and Kaufmann, P. and Beier, K. and Wuthrich, J. and Torok, M. and Scharnagl, H. and Marz, W. and Krahenbuhl, S.. (2003) Mechanisms of liver steatosis in rats with systemic carnitine deficiency due to treatment with trimethylhydraziniumpropionate. Journal of Lipid Research, 44 (1). pp. 144-153.

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Rats with systemic carnitine deficiency induced by treatment with trimethylhydraziniumpropionate (THP) develop liver steatosis. This study aims to investigate the mechanisms leading to steatosis in THP-induced carnitine deficiency. Rats were treated with THP (20 mg/100 g) for 3 or 6 weeks and were studied after starvation for 24 h. Rats treated with THP had reduced in vivo palmitate metabolism and developed mixed liver steatosis at both time points. The hepatic carnitine pool was reduced in THP-treated rats by 65 Liver mitochondria from THP-treated rats had increased oxidative metabolism of various substrates and of beta-oxidation at 3 weeks, but reduced activities at 6 weeks of THP treatment. Ketogenesis was not affected. The hepatic content of CoA was increased by 23 and by 40 long-chain acyl-CoAs was increased and the mitochondrial content decreased in hepatocytes of THP treated rats, compatible with decreased activity of carnitine palmitoyltransferase I in vivo. THP-treated rats showed hepatic peroxisomal proliferation and increased plasma VLDL triglyceride and phospholipid concentrations at both time points. A reduction in the hepatic carnitine pool is the principle mechanism leading to impaired hepatic fatty acid metabolism and liver steatosis in THP-treated rats. Cytosolic accumulation of long-chain acyl-CoAs is associated with increased plasma VLDL triglyceride, phospholipid concentrations, and peroxisomal proliferation.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Division of Anatomy > Histologie (Beier)
UniBasel Contributors:Beier, Konstantin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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