To study the responses of thermogenic activity in brown adipose tissue (BAT) to unloading, male Wistar rats were hindlimb suspended for 10 days. Compared with control rats, a significant increase in the BAT-to-body mass ratio and considerable differences in chemical components in BAT were observed in the hindlimb-suspended rats. These findings indicate a marked increase in the thermogenic capacity in BAT of the experimental group. Likewise, the thermogenic activity (which was assessed by guanosine 5'- diphosphate binding to BAT mitochondria) was markedly greater in the mitochondria recovered from BAT of the hindlimb-suspended rats than in those from the control rats (1,610 ± 450 vs. 202 ± 132 pmol recovered). Moreover, the uncoupling protein content in the BAT mitochondrial fraction of the hindlimb-suspended rats was significantly higher (1.6-fold) than that in the control rats. As was expected, the uncoupling protein mRNA expression was greater in hindlimb-suspended rats than in control animals. These results suggest that chronic hindlimb suspension leads to an increase in both the thermogenic capacity and the activity in BAT of rats.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physiology|
|Publication status||Published - 01-01-1995|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physiology (medical)