Potential role of lipin-1 in exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis

Kazuhiko Higashida, Mitsuru Higuchi, Shin Terada*

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Endurance exercise induces mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle. It has been shown that lipin-1 acts as a transcriptional coactivator in liver, and stimulates gene expression of mitochondrial enzymes. We hypothesized that lipin-1 might be involved in exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle. The present investigation first demonstrated that lipin-1 mRNA in rat triceps muscle was increased by approximately 2-fold after an acute bout of endurance swimming exercise. Second, ectopic expression of lipin-1 in L6 myotube increased carnitine palmitoyltransferase-1 and δ-aminolevulinate synthase gene expression. Finally, lipin-1 mRNA expression in rat triceps muscle was significantly elevated at 6 h after subcutaneous injections of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleoside (AICAR) or clenbuterol, which are 5′-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and β2-adrenergic receptor (β2-AR) activators, respectively. These results may suggest that enhanced expression of lipin-1 is involved in exercise-induced mitochondrial enzyme adaptations, possibly through AMPK- and β2-AR-related mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-591
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sept 26


  • β2-adrenergic receptor
  • AMP-activated protein kinase
  • Clenbuterol
  • Exercise
  • Lipin-1
  • Mitochondria
  • Rat
  • Skeletal muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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