H55N polymorphism as a likely cause of variation in citrate synthase activity of mouse skeletal muscle

Ratkevicius, A., Carroll, A.M., Kilikevicius, A., Venckunas, T., McDermott, K.T., Gray, S.R. , Wackerhage, H. and Lionikas, A. (2010) H55N polymorphism as a likely cause of variation in citrate synthase activity of mouse skeletal muscle. Physiological Genomics, 42A(2), pp. 96-102. (doi:10.1152/physiolgenomics.00066.2010) (PMID:20716647)

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Abstract

Citrate synthase (CS) is an enzyme of the Krebs cycle that plays a key role in mitochondrial metabolism. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanisms underlying low activity of citrate synthase (CS) in A/J mice compared with other inbred strains of mice. Enzyme activity, protein content, and mRNA levels of CS were studied in the quadriceps muscles of A/J, BALB/cByJ, C57BL/6J, C3H/HeJ, DBA/2J, and PWD/PhJ strains of mice. Cytochrome c protein content was also measured. The results of the study indicate that A/J mice have a 50–65% reduction in CS activity compared with other strains despite similar levels of Cs mRNA and lack of differences in CS and cytochrome c protein content. CS from A/J mice also showed lower Michaelis constant (Km) for both acetyl CoA and oxaloacetate compared with the other strains of mice. In silico analysis of the genomic sequence identified a nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (rs29358506, H55N) in Cs gene occurring near the site of the protein interacting with acetyl CoA. Allelic variants of the polymorphism segregated with the catalytic properties of CS enzyme among the strains. In summary, H55N polymorphism in Cs could be the underlying cause of low CS activity and its high affinity for substrates in A/J mice compared with other strains. This SNP might also play a role in resistance to obesity of A/J mice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Dr Stuart
Authors: Ratkevicius, A., Carroll, A.M., Kilikevicius, A., Venckunas, T., McDermott, K.T., Gray, S.R., Wackerhage, H., and Lionikas, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Physiological Genomics
Publisher:American Physiological Society
ISSN:1094-8341
ISSN (Online):1531-2267

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