Regulation of lipid metabolism - Insulin regulation of glycogen metabolism


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Insulin regulation of the glicogen metabolism

Insulin regulates key ferments of glucose uptake, catabolism and glycogen metabolism. Its action insulin realizes by binding to the extracellular domain of the insulin receptor. That results in the activation of the tyrosine kinase activity of the receptor. Following the autophosphorylation, the insulin receptor phosphorylates a number of intracellular substrates,such as IRS-1, IRS-2 (insulin receptor substrate-1 and -2), and Shc and this initiates the intracellular signaling pathways. The two main signaling cascades are H-Ras/ERK and PI3K/AKT pathways [1], [2], [3].

AKT is responsible for the insulin-stimulated translocation of the glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) from intracellular storage sites to the plasma membrane stimulates andfor glucose uptake [4].

AKT suppresses some ferments of gluconeogenesis and stimulates key ferments if the glucogen metabolism utilizing different signaling pathways.

AKT diminishesthe activity of the transcription factor FKHR (forkhead box O1A) and thereby suppresses synthesis ferments of gluconeogenesis, such glucose-6-phosphatase (G6PT) and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase 2 (PPCKM) [5], [6].

Conversely, AKT stimulates key ferments glycogen metabolism, such as GYS1 and GYS2 (glycogen synthase 1 and 2). AKT phosphorylates and inhibites GSK3beta (glycogen synthase kinase-3) and thereby abolish its inhibitory action on GYS1 and GYS2 [7], [8].

In another pathway, AKT activates PDE3B (phosphodiesterase 3B) that leads to reduce levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and to increase level of 5'-Adenosine monophosphate (AMP) [9]. The decrease of cAMP-level supresses cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) and diminishes inhibitory actions of protein phosphatase inhibitor-1 (IPP-1) on protein phosphotase-1 (PP1 cat). Protein phosphotase-1 in turn dephosphorylates and stimulates GYS1 and GYS2 [10].

The stimulation of Ras/ERK cascade also results to activation protein phosphotase-1 (PP1 cat). Activated p90RSK1 (ribosomal protein S6 kinase, 90kDa) phosphorelates and inhibites another inhibitor of protein phosphotase-1 - PP1G regulatory subunit (protein phosphatase 1, regulatory (inhibitor) subunit 3A) and thereby activates GYS1 and GYS2 [11], [12].


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