Fatty acid oxidation

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Fatty acid oxidation


Fatty acid oxidation (β-oxidation) is a multi-step process by which fatty acids are broken down to generate acetyl-CoA, NADH and FADH2 for further energy transformation. Fatty acids (short chain with 4–8, medium-chain with 6–12, long chain with 14-22 carbon atoms) are activated by fatty acyl-CoA synthases (thiokinases) in the cytosol. The mt-outer membrane enzyme carnitine palmitoyltransferase I (CPT 1) generates an acyl-carnitine intermediate for transport into the mt-matrix. Octanoate, but not palmitate, (eight- and 16-carbon saturated fatty acids) may pass the mt-membranes, but both are frequently supplied to mt-preparations in the activated form of octanoylcarnitine or palmitoylcarnitine. Electron-transferring flavoprotein complex (CETF) is located on the matrix face of the mt-inner membrane, and supplies electrons from fatty acid β-oxidation (FAO) to CoQ.

Abbreviation: FAO

Reference: Gnaiger 2019 MitoPathways

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FAO cannot proceed without a substrate combination of fatty acids & malate, and inhibition of CI blocks FAO completely. Fatty acids are split stepwise into two carbon fragments forming acetyl-CoA, which enters the TCA cycle by condensation with oxaloacetate (CS reaction). Therefore, FAO implies simultaneous electron transfer into the Q-junction through CETF and CI.
Studies with FAO in mt-preparations are conducted with mitochondrial respiration media (MiR05Cr, MiR06, etc.) with fatty acid-free BSA [1], [2], [3].
The use of fatty-acid free BSA is very important when providing fatty acids in vitro, to buffer the free FA concentration and thus avoid FFA toxicity [4].
Gnaiger E, 2015-05-15

SUITbrowser question: Fatty acid oxidation

SUIT protocols can assess the respiration stimulated by fatty acid oxidation, with the participation of the electron-transferring flavoprotein complex.
The SUITbrowser can be used to find the best SUIT protocols to answer this and other research questions.


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MitoPedia methods: Respirometry 

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