Expression of a cDNA isolated from rat brown adipose tissue and heart identifies the product as the muscle isoform of carnitine palmitoyltransferase I (M-CPT I): M-CPT I is the predominant CPT I isoform expressed in both white (epididymal) and brown adipocytes

Victoria Esser, Nicholas F. Brown, Andrew T. Cowan, Daniel W. Foster, J. Denis McGarry

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Abstract

We set out to determine if the cDNA encoding a carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT)-like protein recently isolated from rat brown adipose tissue (BAT) by Yamazaki et al. (Yamazaki, N., Shinohara, Y., Shima, A., and Terada, H. (1995) FEBS Lett. 363, 41-45) actually encodes the muscle isoform of mitochondrial CPT I (M-CPT I). To this end, a cDNA essentially identical to the original BAT clone was isolated from a rat heart library. When expressed in COS cells, the novel cDNA and our previously described cDNA for rat liver CPT I (L-CPT I) gave rise to products with the same kinetic characteristics (sensitivity to malonyl-CoA and Km for carnitine) as CPT I in skeletal muscle and liver mitochondria, respectively. When labeled with [3H]etomoxir, recombinant L-CPT I and putative M-CPT I, although having approximately the same predicated masses (88.2 kDa), migrated differently on SDS gels, as did CPT I from liver and muscle mitochondria. The same was true for the products of in vitro transcription and translation of the L-CPT I and putative M-CPT I cDNAs. We conclude that the BAT cDNA does in fact encode M-CPT I. Northern blots using L- and M-CPT I cDNA probes revealed the presence of L-CPT I mRNA in liver and heart and its absence from skeletal muscle and BAT. M-CPT I mRNA, which was absent from liver, was readily detected in skeletal muscle and was particularly strong in heart and BAT. Whereas the signal for L-CPT I was more abundant than that for M-CPT I in RNA isolated from whole epididymal fat pad, this was reversed in purified adipocytes from this source. These findings, coupled with the kinetic properties and migration profiles on SDS gels of CPT I in brown and white adipocytes, indicate that the muscle form of the enzyme is the dominant, if not exclusive, species in both cell types.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6972-6977
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume271
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 22 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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