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Glutamine Regulates Skeletal Muscle Immunometabolism in Type 2 Diabetes
figureposted on 2022-01-18, 16:51 authored by Lucile Dollet, Michael Kuefner, Elena Caria, David Rizo-Roca, Logan Pendergrast, Ahmed M. Abdelmoez, Håkan KR Karlsson, Emilie Dalbram, Jonas Treebak, Jun Harada, Erik Näslund, Mikael Rydén, Juleen R. Zierath, Nicolas J. Pillon, Anna Krook
Dysregulation of skeletal muscle metabolism influences whole body insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis. We hypothesized that type 2 diabetes-associated alterations in the plasma metabolome directly contribute to skeletal muscle immunometabolism and the subsequent development of insulin resistance. To this end, we analyzed the plasma and skeletal muscle metabolite profile and identified glutamine as a key amino acid that correlated inversely with body mass index (BMI) and HOMA-IR index in men with normal glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. Using an in vitro model of human myotubes and an in vivo model of diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance in male mice, we provide evidence that glutamine levels directly influence the inflammatory response of skeletal muscle and regulates the expression of the adaptor protein GRB10, an inhibitor of insulin signaling. Moreover, we demonstrate that a systemic increase of glutamine levels in a mouse model of obesity improves insulin sensitivity and restores glucose homeostasis. We conclude that glutamine supplementation may represent a potential therapeutic strategy to prevent or delay the onset of insulin resistance in obesity by reducing inflammatory markers and promoting skeletal muscle insulin sensitivity.