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This is the first long-term human clinical trial to report on effects of nicotinamide riboside (NR) on skeletal muscle mitochondrial function, content and morphology. NR supplementation decreases nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) protein abundance in skeletal muscle. NR supplementation does not affect NAD metabolite concentrations in skeletal muscle. Respiration, distribution and quantity of muscle mitochondria are unaffected by NR. NAMPT in skeletal muscle correlates positively with oxidative phosphorylation Complex I, sirtuin 3 and succinate dehydrogenase. Preclinical evidence suggests that the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+ ) precursor nicotinamide riboside (NR) boosts NAD+ levels and improves diseases associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. We aimed to determine if dietary NR supplementation in middle-aged, obese, insulin-resistant men affects mitochondrial respiration, content and morphology in skeletal muscle. In a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 40 participants received 1000 mg NR or placebo twice daily for 12 weeks. Skeletal muscle biopsies were collected before and after the intervention. Mitochondrial respiratory capacity was determined by high-resolution respirometry on single muscle fibres. Protein abundance and mRNA expression were measured by Western blot and quantitative PCR analyses, respectively, and in a subset of the participants (placebo n = 8; NR n = 8) we quantified mitochondrial fractional area and mitochondrial morphology by laser scanning confocal microscopy. Protein levels of nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), an essential NAD+ biosynthetic enzyme in skeletal muscle, decreased by 14% with NR. However, steady-state NAD+ levels as well as gene expression and protein abundance of other NAD+ biosynthetic enzymes remained unchanged. Neither respiratory capacity of skeletal muscle mitochondria nor abundance of mitochondrial associated proteins were affected by NR. Moreover, no changes in mitochondrial fractional area or network morphology were observed. Our data do not support the hypothesis that dietary NR supplementation has significant impact on skeletal muscle mitochondria in obese and insulin-resistant men. Future studies on the effects of NR on human skeletal muscle may include both sexes and potentially provide comparisons between young and older people. © 2019 The Authors. The Journal of Physiology © 2019 The Physiological Society.


Ole L Dollerup, Sabina Chubanava, Marianne Agerholm, Stine D Søndergård, Ali Altıntaş, Andreas B Møller, Kasper F Høyer, Steffen Ringgaard, Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen, Gareth G Lavery, Romain Barrès, Steen Larsen, Clara Prats, Niels Jessen, Jonas T Treebak. Nicotinamide riboside does not alter mitochondrial respiration, content or morphology in skeletal muscle from obese and insulin-resistant men. The Journal of physiology. 2020 Feb;598(4):731-754

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