Adiponectin enhances the bioenergetics of cardiac myocytes via an AMPK- and succinate dehydrogenase-dependent mechanism

Yong Heui Jeon, Minzhen He, Julianne Austin, Hyewon Shin, Jessica Pfleger, Maha Abdellatif

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Adiponectin is one of the most abundant circulating hormones, which through adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), enhances fatty acid and glucose oxidation, and exerts a cardioprotective effect. However, its effects on cellular bioenergetics have not been explored. We have previously reported that 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide 1-β-D-ribofuranoside (AICAR, an AMPK activator) enhances mitochondrial respiration through a succinate dehydrogenase (SDH or complex II)-dependent mechanism in cardiac myocytes, leading us to predict that Adiponectin would exert a similar effect via activating AMPK. Our results show that Adiponectin enhances basal mitochondrial oxygen consumption rate (OCR), ATP production, and spare respiratory capacity (SRC), which were all abolished by the knockdown of AMPKγ1, inhibition of SDH complex assembly, via the knockdown of the SDH assembly factor 1 (Sdhaf1), or inhibition of SDH activity. Additionally, Adiponectin alleviated hypoxia-induced reductions in OCR and ATP production, in a Sdhaf1-dependent manner, whereas overexpression of Sdhaf1 confirmed its sufficiency for mediating these effects. Importantly, the levels of holoenzyme SDH under the various conditions correlated with OCR. We also show that the effects of Adiponectin, AMPK, Sdhaf1, as well as, SDH complex assembly all required sirtuin 3 (Sirt3). In conclusion, Adiponectin potentiates mitochondrial bioenergetics via promoting SDH complex assembly in an AMPK-, Sdhaf1-, and Sirt3-dependent fashion in cardiac myocytes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number109866
JournalCellular Signalling
StatePublished - Feb 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cell Biology


  • AMPK
  • Adiponectin
  • Bioenergetics
  • Complex II
  • Oxygen consumption rate
  • Prkag1
  • Sdhaf1
  • Sirt3
  • Succinate dehydrogenase

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