Roles of PI 3-kinase and Ras on insulin-stimulated glucose transport in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

Hideki Katagiri, Tomoichiro Asano, Kouichi Inukai, Takehide Ogihara, Hisamitsu Ishihara, Yoshikazu Shibasaki, Tomiyasu Murata, Jungo Terasaki, Masatoshi Kikuchi, Yoshio Yazaki, Yoshitomo Oka

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The dominant negative p85α regulatory subunit (ΔAp85α) of phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase or dominant negative Ras (N17Ras) was overexpressed in 3T3-L1 adipocytes using an adenovirus-mediated gene transduction system. Functional expression of Δp85α and N17Ras was confirmed by marked inhibition of insulin-stimulated PI 3-kinase activity and mitogen-activated protein kinase activity, respectively. N17Ras expression did not affect glucose transport activity, whereas Δp85α expression inhibited insulin-stimulated glucose transport with impairment of GLUT-4 translocation, although inhibition of glucose transport activity was less remarkable than that of PI 3-kinase activity in Δp85α-expressing cells. Thus the Ras signaling pathway does not play a major part in either translocation or intrinsic activity of glucose transporters, but PI 3-kinase activation, via phosphotyrosyl proteins and heterodimeric PI 3-kinase, plays a pivotal role in insulin-stimulated glucose transport. However, a discrepancy was observed between PI 3-kinase activity and glucose transport activity, suggesting a possibility that a different pathway(s) is involved in insulin-stimulated intrinsic activity of glucose transporters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E326-E331
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number2 35-2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Feb


  • dominant negative effect
  • GLUT-4
  • intrinsic activity
  • phosphatidylinositol
  • translocation


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