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Loss of AS160 Akt substrate causes Glut4 protein to accumulate in compartments that are primed for fusion in basal adipocytes.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Biological Chemistry
1083-351X
Publisher
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Publication Date
Volume
286
Issue
30
Pages
26287–26297
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M111.253880
PMID: 21613213
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The Akt substrate AS160 (TCB1D4) regulates Glut4 exocytosis; shRNA knockdown of AS160 increases surface Glut4 in basal adipocytes. AS160 knockdown is only partially insulin-mimetic; insulin further stimulates Glut4 translocation in these cells. Insulin regulates translocation as follows: 1) by releasing Glut4 from retention in a slowly cycling/noncycling storage pool, increasing the actively cycling Glut4 pool, and 2) by increasing the intrinsic rate constant for exocytosis of the actively cycling pool (k(ex)). Kinetic studies were performed in 3T3-L1 adipocytes to measure the effects of AS160 knockdown on the rate constants of exocytosis (k(ex)), endocytosis (k(en)), and release from retention into the cycling pool. AS160 knockdown released Glut4 into the actively cycling pool without affecting k(ex) or k(en). Insulin increased k(ex) in the knockdown cells, further increasing cell surface Glut4. Inhibition of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase or Akt affected both k(ex) and release from retention in control cells but only k(ex) in AS160 knockdown cells. Glut4 vesicles accumulate in a primed pre-fusion pool in basal AS160 knockdown cells. Akt regulates the rate of exocytosis of the primed vesicles through an AS160-independent mechanism. Therefore, there is an additional Akt substrate that regulates the fusion of Glut4 vesicles that remain to be identified. Mathematical modeling was used to test the hypothesis that this substrate regulates vesicle priming (release from retention), whereas AS160 regulates the reverse step by stimulating GTP turnover of a Rab protein required for vesicle tethering/docking/fusion. Our analysis indicates that fusion of the primed vesicles with the plasma membrane is an additional non-Akt-dependent insulin-regulated step.

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