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Dexamethasone impairs insulin signalling and glucose transport by depletion of insulin receptor substrate-1, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and protein kinase B in primary cultured rat adipocytes.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
2002 (English)In: European Journal of Endocrinology, ISSN 0804-4643, E-ISSN 1479-683X, Vol. 146, no 3, 419-429 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: Glucocorticoid excess leads to insulin resistance. This study explores the effects of glucocorticoids on the glucose transport system and insulin signalling in rat adipocytes. The interaction between glucocorticoids and high levels of insulin and glucose is also addressed. DESIGN AND METHODS: Isolated rat adipocytes were cultured for 24 h at different glucose concentrations (5 and 15 mmol/l) with or without the glucocorticoid analogue dexamethasone (0.3 micromol/l) and insulin (10(4) microU/ml). After the culture period, the cells were washed and then basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, insulin binding and lipolysis as well as cellular content of insulin signalling proteins (insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1), IRS-2, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K) and protein kinase B (PKB)) and glucose transporter isoform GLUT4 were measured. RESULTS: Dexamethasone in the medium markedly decreased both basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake at both 5 and 15 mmol/l glucose (by approximately 40-50%, P<0.001 and P<0.05 respectively). Combined long-term treatment with insulin and dexamethasone exerted additive effects in decreasing basal, and to a lesser extent insulin-stimulated, glucose uptake capacity (P<0.05) compared with dexamethasone alone, but this was seen only at high glucose (15 mmol/l). Insulin binding was decreased (by approximately 40%, P<0.05) in dexamethasone-treated cells independently of surrounding glucose concentration. Following dexamethasone treatment a approximately 75% decrease (P<0.001) in IRS-1 expression and an increase in IRS-2 (by approximately 150%, P<0.001) was shown. Dexamethasone also induced a subtle decrease in PI3-K (by approximately 20%, P<0.01) and a substantial decrease in PKB content (by approximately 45%, P<0.001). Insulin-stimulated PKB phosphorylation was decreased (by approximately 40%, P<0.01) in dexamethasone-treated cells. Dexamethasone did not alter the amount of total cellular membrane-associated GLUT4 protein. The effects of dexamethasone per se on glucose transport and insulin signalling proteins were mainly unaffected by the surrounding glucose and insulin levels. Dexamethasone increased the basal lipolytic rate (approximately 4-fold, P<0.05), but did not alter the antilipolytic effect of insulin. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that glucocorticoids, independently of the surrounding glucose and insulin concentration, impair glucose transport capacity in fat cells. This is not due to alterations in GLUT4 abundance. Instead dexamethasone-induced insulin resistance may be mediated via reduced cellular content of IRS-1 and PKB accompanied by a parallel reduction in insulin-stimulated activation of PKB.

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European Society of Endocrinology , 2002. Vol. 146, no 3, 419-429 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-3931DOI: 10.1530/eje.0.1460419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-3931DiVA: diva2:142844
Available from: 2002-12-06 Created: 2002-12-06 Last updated: 2010-06-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Glucose and lipid metabolism in insulin resistance: an experimental study in fat cells
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Glucose and lipid metabolism in insulin resistance: an experimental study in fat cells
2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Type 2 diabetes is usually caused by a combination of pancreatic β-cell failure and insulin resistance in target tissues like liver, muscle and fat. Insulin resistance is characterised by an impaired effect of insulin to reduce hepatic glucose production and to promote glucose uptake in peripheral tissues. The focus of this study was to further elucidate cellular mechanisms for insulin resistance that may be of relevance for type 2 diabetes in humans. We used rat and human adipocytes as an established model of insulin’s target cells.

Glucocorticoids, e.g. cortisol, can induce insulin resistance in vivo. In the present study, pretreatment of rat adipocytes in vitro for 24 h with the cortisol analogue dexamethasone produced a downregulation of glucose uptake capacity as well as a marked depletion of cellular insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1) and protein kinase B (PKB), two proteins suggested to play a critical role in the intracellular signal transduction pathway of insulin. The amount of phosphorylated PKB in response to acute insulin treatment was decreased in parallel to total PKB content. The basal rate of lipolysis was enhanced, but insulin’s antilipolytic effect was not consistently altered following dexamethasone pretreatment.

Alterations in blood glucose as well as insulin levels may be of great importance for cellular as well as whole-body insulin resistance. High glucose (≥15 mM) for 24 h induced a decrease in glucose uptake capacity in rat adipocytes and IRS-1 content was reduced whereas IRS-2 was increased. Long-term pretreatment with a high insulin concentration downregulated insulin binding capacity and when combined with high glucose, it produced a pronounced

reduction of cellular IRS-1 and 2 content together with insensitivity to insulin’s effect to activate PKB and a decrease in glucose uptake capacity. A common denominator for a decrease in glucose uptake capacity in our rat adipocyte studies seems to be a decrease in IRS-1 content.

Adipocytes from type 2 diabetes patients are insulin-resistant, but in our work the insulin resistance could be reversed by incubation of the cells at a physiological glucose level for 24 h. Insulin resistance in fresh adipocytes from type 2 diabetes patients was associated with in vivo insulin resistance and glycemic level and with adipocyte cell size and waist-hip ratio

(WHR).

As a potential mechanism for postprandial dyslipidemia in type 2 diabetes, we examined the nutritional regulation of subcutaneous adipose tissue lipoprotein lipase (LPL) activity. It was upregulated by ~40-50 % after a standardised lipid-enriched meal and this was very similar in type 2 diabetes patients and control subjects, suggesting that the postprandial

hypertriglyceridemia found in type 2 diabetes is not explained by an altered nutritional regulation of LPL in subcutaneous fat.

In conclusion, the present work provides evidence for novel interactions between glucocorticoids and insulin in the regulation of glucose metabolism that may potentially contribute to the development of insulin resistance. High levels of glucose and insulin produce perturbations in the insulin signalling pathway that may be of relevance for human type 2 diabetes. Cellular insulin resistance may be secondary to the diabetic state in vivo, e.g. via glucotoxicity. This is supported by our finding that insulin resistance in adipocytes from type 2 diabetes patients can be reversed after incubation at a physiological glucose level.

Key words: adipocyte, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, insulin signalling, glucose uptake,

insulin, glucose, dexamethasone, insulin receptor substrate, protein kinase B, GLUT4,

lipoprotein lipase.

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Umeå: Folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, 2003. 63 p.
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Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 817
Keyword
Public health, adipocyte, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, insulin signalling, glucose uptake, insulin, glucose, dexamethasone, insulin receptor substrate, protein kinase B, GLUT4, lipoprotein lipase, Folkhälsomedicin
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Medicine
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26 (URN)91-7305-359-7 (ISBN)
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2002-12-06, Umeå, 13:00
Available from: 2002-12-06 Created: 2002-12-06 Last updated: 2010-06-17Bibliographically approved

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