Rescuing 3T3-L1 adipocytes from insulin resistance induced by stimulation of Akt-mammalian target of rapamycin/p70 S6 kinase (S6K1) pathway and serine phosphorylation of insulin receptor substrate-1: effect of reduced expression of p85alpha subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and S6K1 kinase

Adochio, R.; Leitner, J.W.; Hedlund, R.; Draznin, B.

Endocrinology 150(3): 1165-1173


ISSN/ISBN: 1945-7170
PMID: 18948408
DOI: 10.1210/en.2008-0437
Accession: 055511891

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Phosphorylation of insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) on serine residues has been recognized as a mechanism responsible for a diminution of insulin action and insulin resistance. Potential approaches to improve insulin sensitivity may include interference with and/or reduction in expression of certain signaling intermediates that participate in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance. In this study, we transduced fully differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes with a constitutively active myristoylated Akt that led to hyperactivation of mammalian target of rapamycin and p70 S6 kinase (S6K1), increased serine phosphorylation of IRS-1, and reduction in insulin-stimulated phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase activity and glucose transport. We then reduced expression of the PI 3-kinase regulatory subunit, p85alpha, or expression of S6K1 kinase using small interfering RNA transfections, which led to a reduction in p85alpha expression of 70% at 48 h (P < 0.05) and S6K1 of 49% (P < 0.05). Reduction in expression of either p85alpha or S6K1 achieved with small interfering RNA in the presence of myristoylated Akt rescued 3T3-L1 adipocytes from the insulin resistance induced by serine phosphorylation of IRS-1 and completely restored insulin-stimulated activation of PI 3-kinase and glucose uptake. We conclude that reduction in expression of p85alpha or S6K1 could represent therapeutic targets to mitigate insulin resistance.