Phenotypic Modulation of Skeletal Muscle Fibers in LPIN1-Deficient Lipodystrophic (fld) Mice

Rani S. Sellers, S. Radma Mahmood, Geoffrey S. Perumal, Frank P. Macaluso, Irwin J. Kurland

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Lipin-1 (Lpin1)–deficient lipodystrophic mice have scant and immature adipocytes and develop transient fatty liver early in life. Unlike normal mice, these mice cannot rely on stored triglycerides to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) from the β-oxidation of fatty acids during periods of fasting. To compensate, these mice store much higher amounts of glycogen in skeletal muscle and liver than wild-type mice in order to support energy needs during periods of fasting. Our studies demonstrated that there are phenotypic changes in skeletal muscle fibers that reflect an adaptation to this unique metabolic situation. The phenotype of skeletal muscle (soleus, gastrocnemius, plantaris, and extensor digitorum longus [EDL]) from Lpin1 -/- was evaluated using various methods including immunohistochemistry for myosin heavy chains (Myh) 1, 2, 2a, 2b, and 2x; enzyme histochemistry for myosin ATPase, cytochrome-c oxidase (COX), and succinyl dehydrogenase (SDH); periodic acid–Schiff; and transmission electron microscopy. Fiber-type changes in the soleus muscle of Lpin1 -/- mice were prominent and included decreased Myh1 expression with concomitant increases in Myh2 expression and myosin-ATPase activity; this change was associated with an increase in the presence of Myh1/2a or Myh1/2x hybrid fibers. Alterations in mitochondrial enzyme activity (COX and SDH) were apparent in the myofibers in the soleus, gastrocnemius, plantaris, and EDL muscles. Electron microscopy revealed increases in the subsarcolemmal mitochondrial mass in the muscles of Lpin1 -/- mice. These data demonstrate that lipin-1 deficiency results in phenotypic fiber-specific modulation of skeletal muscle necessary for compensatory fuel utilization adaptations in lipodystrophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-331
Number of pages10
JournalVeterinary Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


  • Lpin1
  • lipin-1
  • lipodystrophy
  • mitochondria
  • mouse model
  • myosin heavy chain
  • skeletal muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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