A Metabolic Switch

Poul G. Hjorth (Invited author)

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    Our muscles are metabolically flexible, i.e., they are capable of `switching' between two types of oxidation: (1) when fasting, a predominantly lipid oxidation with high rates of fatty acid uptake, and (2) when fed, suppression of lipid oxidation in favour of increased glucose uptake, oxidation and storage, in response to insulin. One of the many manifestations of obesity and Type 2 diabetes is an insulin resistance of the skeletal muscles, which suppresses this metabolic switch. This talk describes recent development of a low-dimensional system of ODEs that model the metabolic switch, displaying a sensitivity to insulin concentration which matches well with clinical data.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventJoint Mathematicsl Weekend - University of Copenhagen
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


    ConferenceJoint Mathematicsl Weekend
    CityUniversity of Copenhagen
    Period01/01/2008 → …

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