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1-deoxysphingolipids, early predictors of type 2 diabetes, compromise the functionality of skeletal myoblasts


Tran, DT and Myers, S and McGowan, C and Henstridge, D and Eri, R and Sonda, S and Caruso, V, 1-deoxysphingolipids, early predictors of type 2 diabetes, compromise the functionality of skeletal myoblasts, Frontiers in Endocrinology, 12 Article 772925. ISSN 1664-2392 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3389/fendo.2021.772925


Metabolic dysfunction, dysregulated differentiation, and atrophy of skeletal muscle occur as part of a cluster of abnormalities associated with the development of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Recent interest has turned to the attention of the role of 1-deoxysphingolipids (1-DSL), atypical class of sphingolipids which are found significantly elevated in patients diagnosed with T2DM but also in the asymptomatic population who later develop T2DM. In vitro studies demonstrated that 1-DSL have cytotoxic properties and compromise the secretion of insulin from pancreatic beta cells. However, the role of 1-DSL on the functionality of skeletal muscle cells in the pathophysiology of T2DM still remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate whether 1-DSL are cytotoxic and disrupt the cellular processes of skeletal muscle precursors (myoblasts) and differentiated cells (myotubes) by performing a battery of in vitro assays including cell viability adenosine triphosphate assay, migration assay, myoblast fusion assay, glucose uptake assay, and immunocytochemistry. Our results demonstrated that 1-DSL significantly reduced the viability of myoblasts in a concentration and time-dependent manner, and induced apoptosis as well as cellular necrosis. Importantly, myoblasts were more sensitive to the cytotoxic effects induced by 1-DSL rather than by saturated fatty acids, such as palmitate, which are critical mediators of skeletal muscle dysfunction in T2DM. Additionally, 1-DSL significantly reduced the migration ability of myoblasts and the differentiation process of myoblasts into myotubes. 1-DSL also triggered autophagy in myoblasts and significantly reduced insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in myotubes. These findings demonstrate that 1-DSL directly compromise the functionality of skeletal muscle cells and suggest that increased levels of 1-DSL observed during the development of T2DM are likely to contribute to the pathophysiology of muscle dysfunction detected in this disease.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:1-deoxysphingolipids, glucose uptake, myoblasts, myoblast differentiation, autophagy, myotubes, type 2 diabetes mellitus
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Pharmaceutical sciences
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Tran, DT (Miss Duyen Tran)
UTAS Author:Myers, S (Dr Stephen Myers)
UTAS Author:McGowan, C (Dr Courtney McGowan)
UTAS Author:Henstridge, D (Dr Darren Henstridge)
UTAS Author:Eri, R (Associate Professor Raj Eri)
UTAS Author:Sonda, S (Dr Sabrina Sonda)
UTAS Author:Caruso, V (Dr Vanni Caruso)
ID Code:148344
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2021-12-25
Last Modified:2022-08-24
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