Muscle-specific differences in the response of mitochondrial proteins to beta-GPA feeding: an evaluation of potential mechanisms.Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Jun; 296(6):E1400-8.AJ
Beta-Guanadinopropionic acid (beta-GPA) feeding leads to reductions in skeletal muscle phosphagen concentrations and has been used as a tool with which to study the effects of energy charge on skeletal muscle metabolism. Supplementing standard rodent diets with beta-GPA leads to increases in mitochondrial enzyme content in fast but not slow-twitch muscles from male rats. Given this apparent discrepancy between muscle types we used beta-GPA feeding as a model to study signaling pathways involved in mitochondrial biogenesis. We hypothesized that beta-GPA feeding would result in a preferential activation of p38 MAPK and AMPK signaling and reductions in RIP140 protein content in triceps but not soleus muscle. Despite similar reductions in high-energy phosphate concentrations, 6 wk of beta-GPA feeding led to increases in mitochondrial proteins in triceps but not soleus muscles. Differences in the response of mitochondrial proteins to beta-GPA feeding did not seem to be related to a differential activation of p38 MAPK and AMPK signaling pathways or discrepancies in the induction of PPARgamma coactivator (PGC)-1alpha and -1beta. The protein content and expression of the nuclear corepressor RIP140 was reduced in triceps but not soleus muscle. Collectively our results indicate that chronic reductions in high-energy phosphates lead to the activation of p38 MAPK and AMPK signaling and increases in the expression of PGC-1alpha and -1beta in both soleus and triceps muscles. The lack of an effect of beta-GPA feeding on mitochondrial proteins in the soleus muscles could be related to a fiber type-specific effect of beta-GPA on RIP140 protein content.