PGC-1 and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Diabetes
Trial status: Open for Enrollment
Why is this study being done?
The investigators' prior research has focused on defining the changes in expression of nuclear encoded mitochondrial genes that predict changes in insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle, with the goal of defining the molecular mechanisms underlying the connection between mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance in skeletal muscle.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether experimental lipid oversupply decreases mitochondrial respiratory function. We will use mitochondrial respiration studies in vitro and mass spectrometry and proteomics analysis to test the hypothesis that experimental lipid oversupply:
1. Decreases mitochondrial respiration in response to lipid fuels.
2. Reduces abundance of mitochondrial proteins.
3. Alters phosphorylation of proteins in the electron transport chain.
Three groups of subjects will be studied: lean, healthy control subjects (n=12), obese non-diabetic subjects (n=12) and patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (n=12) for a total of 36 subjects. Twenty subjects have completed the study at Arizona State University; the remaining 16 subjects will be accrued at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Subjects will come to the Mayo Clinic 2 times. On study Day 1 subjects will be screened with a medical history and physical exam, and a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test, measure body fat percentage, and an electrocardiogram (EKG). On Study Day 2, subjects will report to the clinic after an overnight fast. Female subjects will take a urine pregnancy test. A muscle biopsy will be performed to take a small sample from one thigh. A lipid infusion will be performed for 5 hours (60 ml/hr), with blood samples taken at 8 intervals during the infusion. At the end of the 5 hour period, a second muscle biopsy will be taken from the other thigh. The fat infusion will stop, subjects will be given lunch and allowed to leave the clinic.
Who is eligible to participate?
1. Subjects must be able to communicate meaningfully with the investigator and must be legally competent to provide written informed consent.
2. Subjects may be of either sex with age as described in each protocol. Female subjects must be non-lactating and will be eligible only if they have a negative pregnancy test throughout the study period.
3. Subjects must range in age as described in each specific protocol.
4. Subjects must have the following laboratory values:
1. Hematocrit ≥ 35 vol%
2. Serum creatinine ≤ 1.6 mg/dl
3. Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) (SGOT) < 2 times upper limit of normal
4. Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) (SGPT) < 2 times upper limit of normal
5. Alkaline phosphatase < 2 times upper limit of normal
6. Triglycerides < 150 mg/dl.
7. Prothrombin Time (PT) 11.7 - 14.3 seconds (during Intralipid/heparin infusion, PT will be determined to insure that it is < 1.5-2.0 times the normal value.)
8. Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT) 23.0-37.0 seconds.
1. Subjects must not be receiving any of the following medications: thiazide or furosemide diuretics, beta-blockers, or other chronic medications with known adverse effects on glucose tolerance levels unless the patient has been on a stable dose of such agents for the past three months before entry into the study. Subjects may be taking a stable dose of estrogens or other hormonal replacement therapy, if the subject has been on these agents for the prior three months. Subjects taking systemic glucocorticoids are excluded.
2. Subjects with a history of clinically significant heart disease (New York Heart Classification greater than grade II; more than non-specific ST-T wave changes on the EKG), peripheral vascular disease (history of claudication), or pulmonary disease (dyspnea on exertion of one flight or less; abnormal breath sounds on auscultation) will not be studied.
3. Recent systemic or pulmonary embolus, untreated high-risk proliferative retinopathy, recent retinal hemorrhage, uncontrolled hypertension, systolic BP>180, diastolic BP>105, autonomic neuropathy, resting heart rate >100, electrolyte abnormalities.