Background and Aim: Injury to hepatocyte mitochondria is common in metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease. Here, we investigated whether changes in the content of essential fatty acid-derived lipid autacoids affect hepatocyte mitochondrial bioenergetics and metabolic efficiency. Approach and Results: The study was performed in transgenic mice for the fat-1 gene, which allows the endogenous replacement of the membrane omega-6-polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) composition by omega-3-PUFA. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that hepatocyte mitochondria of fat-1 mice had more abundant intact cristae and higher mitochondrial aspect ratio. Fat-1 mice had increased expression of oxidative phosphorylation complexes I and II and translocases of both inner (translocase of inner mitochondrial membrane 44) and outer (translocase of the outer membrane 20) mitochondrial membranes. Fat-1 mice also showed increased mitofusin-2 and reduced dynamin-like protein 1 phosphorylation, which mediate mitochondrial fusion and fission, respectively. Mitochondria of fat-1 mice exhibited enhanced oxygen consumption rate, fatty acid β-oxidation, and energy substrate utilization as determined by high-resolution respirometry, [1-14C]-oleate oxidation and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydride/dihydroflavine-adenine dinucleotide production, respectively. Untargeted lipidomics identified a rich hepatic omega-3-PUFA composition and a specific docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-enriched lipid fingerprint in fat-1 mice. Targeted lipidomics uncovered a higher content of DHA-derived lipid autacoids, namely resolvin D1 and maresin 1, which rescued hepatocytes from TNF-induced mitochondrial dysfunction, and unblocked the tricarboxylic acid cycle flux and metabolic utilization of long-chain acyl-carnitines, amino acids, and carbohydrates. Importantly, fat-1 mice were protected against mitochondrial injury induced by obesogenic and fibrogenic insults. Conclusion: Our data uncover the importance of a lipid membrane composition rich in DHA and its lipid autacoid derivatives to have optimal hepatic mitochondrial and metabolic efficiency.
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