Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 231–239 | Cite as

Liver mitochondrial membrane fluidity at early development of diabetes and its correlation with the respiration

  • Ismael H. Pérez-Hernández
  • Josué Misael Domínguez-Fuentes
  • Martín Palomar-Morales
  • Ana Cecilia Zazueta-Mendizabal
  • Arturo Baiza-Gutman
  • Ricardo Mejía-ZepedaEmail author


The biological membranes are important in cell function but, during development of diseases such as diabetes, they are impaired. Consequently, membrane-associated biological processes are impaired as well. The mitochondria are important organelles where oxidative phosphorylation takes place, a process closely related with the membranes. In general, it is accepted that the development process of diabetes decreases membrane fluidity. However, in some cases, it has been found to increase membrane fluidity of mitochondria but to decrease the Respiratory Control (RC) index. In this study we found an increase of membrane fluidity and an increase of the RC at an early phase of the development of a type 2 diabetes model. We measured the lipoperoxidation, analyzed the fatty acids composition by gas chromatography, and assessed membrane fluidity using three fluorescent monitors located at different depths inside the bilayer, dipyrenilpropane (DPyP), diphenylhexatriene (DPH), and trimethylammonium diphenylhexatriene (TMA-DPH). Our findings indicate that in the initial stage of diabetes development, when lipoperoxidation still is not significant, the membrane fluidity of liver mitochondria increases because of the increment in the unsaturated to saturated fatty acids ratio (U/S), thus producing an increase of the RC. The membrane fluidity is not the same at all depths in the bilayer. Contrary to the results obtained in mitochondria, the diabetes induced a decrease in the U/S fatty acids ratio of liver total lipids, indicating that the mitochondria might have an independent mechanism for regulating its fatty acids composition.


Diabetes Mitochondria Membrane fluidity Fatty acids composition Respiratory control Liver 



We thank the financial support for this project from Programa de Apoyo a Proyectos de Investigación a Innovación Tecnológica PAPIIT IN-216314 to RMZ- Dirección General de Asuntos del Personal Académico de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (DGAPA-UNAM). We also thank to the Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas-UNAM and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) for the fellowship 233851 to IHPH.

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ismael H. Pérez-Hernández
    • 1
  • Josué Misael Domínguez-Fuentes
    • 1
  • Martín Palomar-Morales
    • 2
  • Ana Cecilia Zazueta-Mendizabal
    • 3
  • Arturo Baiza-Gutman
    • 2
  • Ricardo Mejía-Zepeda
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Unidad de BiomedicinaFES Iztacala, UNAMTlalnepantlaMexico
  2. 2.Unidad de MorfofisiologíaFES Iztacala, UNAMTlalnepantlaMexico
  3. 3.Depto. Biomedicina CardiovascularInstituto Nacional de Cardiología I.ChCiudad de MéxicoMexico

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