Targeting skeletal muscle mitochondrial health in obesity

Clin Sci (Lond). 2022 Jul 29;136(14):1081-1110. doi: 10.1042/CS20210506.


Metabolic demands of skeletal muscle are substantial and are characterized normally as highly flexible and with a large dynamic range. Skeletal muscle composition (e.g., fiber type and mitochondrial content) and metabolism (e.g., capacity to switch between fatty acid and glucose substrates) are altered in obesity, with some changes proceeding and some following the development of the disease. Nonetheless, there are marked interindividual differences in skeletal muscle composition and metabolism in obesity, some of which have been associated with obesity risk and weight loss capacity. In this review, we discuss related molecular mechanisms and how current and novel treatment strategies may enhance weight loss capacity, particularly in diet-resistant obesity.

Keywords: metabolic disorders; metabolic regulation; mitochondria; oxidative phosphorylation; skeletal muscle.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Fatty Acids / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Mitochondria / metabolism
  • Mitochondria, Muscle / metabolism
  • Muscle, Skeletal* / metabolism
  • Obesity* / metabolism
  • Weight Loss / physiology


  • Fatty Acids

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