Cellular differentiation and I-FABP protein expression modulate fatty acid uptake and diffusion. Academic Article uri icon


  • The effect of cellular differentiation on fatty acid uptake and intracellular diffusion was examined in transfected pluripotent mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells stably expressing intestinal fatty acid binding protein (I-FABP). Control ES cells, whether differentiated or undifferentiated, did not express I-FABP. The initial rate and maximal uptake of the fluorescent fatty acid, 12-(N-methyl)-N-[(7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl)amino]-octadec anoic acid (NBD-stearic acid), was measured in single cells by kinetic digital fluorescence imaging. I-FABP expression in undifferentiated ES cells increased the initial rate and maximal uptake of NBD-stearic acid 1.7- and 1.6-fold, respectively, as well as increased its effective intracellular diffusion constant (Deff) 1.8-fold as measured by the fluorescence recovery after photobleaching technique. In contrast, ES cell differentiation decreased I-FABP expression up to 3-fold and decreased the NBD-stearic acid initial rate of uptake, maximal uptake, and Deff by 10-, 4.7-, and 2-fold, respectively. There were no significant differences in these parameters between the differentiated control and differentiated I-FABP-expressing ES cell lines. In summary, differentiation and expression of I-FABP oppositely modulated NBD-stearic acid uptake parameters and intracellular diffusion in ES cells.

published proceedings

  • Am J Physiol

author list (cited authors)

  • Atshaves, B. P., Foxworth, W. B., Frolov, A., Roths, J. B., Kier, A. B., Oetama, B. K., Piedrahita, J. A., & Schroeder, F.

citation count

  • 66

complete list of authors

  • Atshaves, BP||Foxworth, WB||Frolov, A||Roths, JB||Kier, AB||Oetama, BK||Piedrahita, JA||Schroeder, F

publication date

  • March 1998