Renata Belfort

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Oversupply and underutilization of lipid fuels are widely recognized to be strongly associated with insulin resistance in skeletal muscle. Recent attention has focused on the mechanisms underlying this effect, and defects in mitochondrial function have emerged as a potential player in this scheme. Because evidence indicates that lipid oversupply can produce(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the factors contributing to the ability of exercise to enhance insulin-stimulated glucose disposal. Sixteen insulin-resistant nondiabetic and seven Type 2 diabetic subjects underwent two hyperinsulinemic (40 mU x m-2 x min-1) clamps, once without and once with concomitant exercise at 70% peak O2 consumption.(More)
Muscle insulin resistance develops when plasma free fatty acids (FFAs) are acutely increased to supraphysiological levels (approximately 1,500-4,000 micromol/l). However, plasma FFA levels >1,000 micromol/l are rarely observed in humans under usual living conditions, and it is unknown whether insulin action may be impaired during a sustained but(More)
UNLABELLED The effects of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and insulin on free fatty acid (FFA) and glucose metabolism were compared in eight control and eight type 2 diabetic subjects, who received a two-step euglycemic hyperinsulinemic (0.25 and 0.5 mU x kg(-1) x min(-1)) clamp and a two-step euglycemic IGF-I (26 and 52 pmol x kg(-1) x min(-1)) clamp(More)
Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), the most frequent mitochondrial disease, is associated with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) point mutations affecting Complex I subunits, usually homoplasmic. This blinding disorder is characterized by incomplete penetrance, possibly related to several genetic modifying factors. We recently reported that increased(More)
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