Transient increase in glucose 1,6-bisphosphate in human skeletal muscle during isometric contraction Article (Web of Science)


  • Changes in glucose 1,6-bisphosphate and regulators of glucose-1,6-bisphosphate synthase and phosphatase during isometric contraction have been determined. Biopsies were obtained from the quadriceps femoris muscle before and after 20 s of contraction and at fatigue. Glucose 1,6-bisphosphate increased by 35% after 20 s of contraction (P less than 0.001) with no further change at fatigue (P greater than 0.05 versus 20 s). Pi, fructose 1,6-bisphosphate and glycerate 3-phosphate, all inhibitors of the synthase, increased significantly during the first 20 s (P less than 0.05-0.001), whereas muscle pH (decrease in which inhibits synthase) decreased continuously. The decrease in the total adenine nucleotide pool, which is stoichiometric with the increase in IMP (an activator of phosphatase), was not significant after 20 s, but was 15% at fatigue (P less than 0.001). The rapid increase in glucose 1,6-bisphosphate, despite increases in the inhibitors of synthase, suggests that the synthase was activated, possibly by the substrate glycerate 1,3-bisphosphate and/or a yet unknown activator(s). The lack of any further change in glucose 1,6-bisphosphate during the latter part of contraction may be due to concomitant activation of the synthase and phosphatase.


publication date

  • 1989

published in

number of pages

  • 3

start page

  • 915

end page

  • 918


  • 258


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