Fast/Glycolytic muscle fiber growth reduces fat mass and improves metabolic parameters in obese mice

Cell Metab. 2008 Feb;7(2):159-72. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2007.11.003.


In contrast to the well-established role of oxidative muscle fibers in regulating whole-body metabolism, little is known about the function of fast/glycolytic muscle fibers in these processes. Here, we generated a skeletal muscle-specific, conditional transgenic mouse expressing a constitutively active form of Akt1. Transgene activation led to muscle hypertrophy due to the growth of type IIb muscle fibers, which was accompanied by an increase in strength. Akt1 transgene induction in diet-induced obese mice led to reductions in body weight and fat mass, resolution of hepatic steatosis, and improved metabolic parameters. Akt1-mediated skeletal muscle growth opposed the effects of a high-fat/high-sucrose diet on transcript expression patterns in the liver and increased hepatic fatty acid oxidation and ketone body production. Our findings indicate that an increase in fast/glycolytic muscle mass can result in the regression of obesity and metabolic improvement through its ability to alter fatty acid oxidation in remote tissues.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue
  • Animals
  • Lipid Metabolism / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Obese
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / growth & development*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt / physiology*
  • Weight Loss


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt

Associated data

  • OMIM/GSE9484