Fast elevation of the intramyocellular lipid content in the presence of circulating free fatty acids and hyperinsulinemia: a dynamic 1H-MRS study

Magn Reson Med. 2001 Feb;45(2):179-83. doi: 10.1002/1522-2594(200102)45:2<179::aid-mrm1023>;2-d.


The influence of a short-term elevation of free fatty acids (FFAs) on intramyocellular lipids (IMCL) under hyperinsulinemic conditions was monitored in five healthy male subjects in the course of a 5-hr hyperinsulinemic glucose clamp. During the glucose clamp a lipid emulsion (Intralipid 20(R)) and heparin were administered intravenously. IMCL was quantified in the tibialis anterior (TA) and the soleus (SOL) muscle by (1)H-MRS. A rapid elevation of the IMCL pool was found in both muscles (61% in TA and 22% in SOL) in the 5-hr time period. A control hyperinsulinemic glucose clamp in the same study group, repeated without elevation of circulating FFAs, did not lead to significant changes in IMCL for both muscles. The present study shows for the first time that only the combination of high concentrations of FFAs and insulin lead to marked storage of lipids in skeletal muscle cells in humans. Magn Reson Med 45:179-183, 2001.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fat Emulsions, Intravenous / administration & dosage
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified / blood*
  • Glucose Clamp Technique
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood*
  • Lipids / analysis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy*
  • Male
  • Muscles / chemistry*


  • Fat Emulsions, Intravenous
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified
  • Insulin
  • Lipids