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Uncoupling protein-1 is not leaky.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Wenner-Gren Institute , Physiology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Wenner-Gren Institute , Physiology.
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2010 (English)In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, ISSN 0006-3002, Vol. 1797, no 6-7, 773-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The activity of uncoupling protein-1 (UCP1) is rate-limiting for nonshivering thermogenesis and diet-induced thermogenesis. Characteristically, this activity is inhibited by GDP experimentally and presumably mainly by cytosolic ATP within brown-fat cells. The issue as to whether UCP1 has a residual proton conductance even when fully saturated with GDP/ATP (as has recently been suggested) has not only scientific but also applied interest, since a residual proton conductance would make overexpressed UCP1 weight-reducing even without physiological/pharmacological activation. To examine this question, we have here established optimal conditions for studying the bioenergetics of wild-type and UCP1(-/-) brown-fat mitochondria, analysing UCP1-mediated differences in parallel preparations of brown-fat mitochondria from both genotypes. Comparing different substrates, we find that pyruvate (or palmitoyl-l-carnitine) shows the largest relative coupling by GDP. Comparing albumin concentrations, we find the range 0.1-0.6% optimal; higher concentrations are inhibitory. Comparing basic medium composition, we find 125mM sucrose optimal; an ionic medium (50-100mM KCl) functions for wild-type but is detrimental for UCP1(-/-) mitochondria. Using optimal conditions, we find no evidence for a residual proton conductance (not a higher post-GDP respiration, a lower membrane potential or an altered proton leak at highest common potential) with either pyruvate or glycerol-3-phosphate as substrates, nor by a 3-4-fold alteration of the amount of UCP1. We could demonstrate that certain experimental conditions, due to respiratoty inhibition, could lead to the suggestion that UCP1 possesses a residual proton conductance but find that under optimal conditions our experiments concur with implications from physiological observations that in the presence of inhibitory nucleotides, UCP1 is not leaky.

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2010. Vol. 1797, no 6-7, 773-84 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-45245DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2010.04.007PubMedID: 20399195OAI: diva2:368146
Available from: 2010-11-09 Created: 2010-11-09 Last updated: 2010-11-12Bibliographically approved

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