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Lipoprotein lipase activity in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue of marathon runners after simple and complex carbohydrate-rich diets

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A comparison of the influence of simple and complex carbohydrate (CHO) consumption on adipose tissue- and skeletal muscle-lipoprotein lipase activity (AT-LPLA, SM-LPLA) was examined. Twenty male marathon runners were divided into two equal dietary groups: simple-CHO and complex-CHO. Half of the subjects in each group consumed either a low-CHO (15% energy [E] intake), or a mixed diet (50% CHO) for 3 days. Immediately following this dietary period, the subjects consumed a CHO-rich diet (70% E intake) predominant in simple-CHO or in complex-CHO for an additional 3 days. Thereafter, all subjects returned to a normal mixed diet. Skeletal muscle biopsies, adipose tissue aspirations, and venous blood samples were obtained prior to dietary manipulation (PRE), upon completion of the 6 day diet (POST I), and 2 weeks after returning to a normal diet (POST II). The samples were analysed for AT-LPLA, SM-LPLA, serum insulin, and free fatty acids (FFA), and blood glucose, and lactate. SM-LPLA fell 71% from PRE values of 0.39±0.30 μ mol · g−1 · h−1 to POST I values of 0.11 ±0.09 μ mol · g−1 · h−1 (means±SD) (p<0.05), after a complex-CHO diet. However, the simple-CHO diet did not alter SM-LPLA. AT-LPLA similarly decreased (p<0.05) after the complex-CHO diet, and no significant decrease was noted after the simple-CHO diet. Serum FFA decreased significantly (p<0.05) after a simple-CHO diet (0.82±0.13 to 0.65±0.10 mmol l−1) but were unchanged after a complex-CHO diet. Blood glucose and lactate, and serum insulin were not altered following a CHO-rich diet.

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Roberts, K.M., Noble, E.G., Hayden, D.B. et al. Lipoprotein lipase activity in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue of marathon runners after simple and complex carbohydrate-rich diets. Europ. J. Appl. Physiol. 57, 75–80 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00691242

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Key words

  • Energy metabolism
  • Carbohydrate-rich diet
  • Lipoprotein lipase
  • Free fatty acids
  • Insulin