The Muscle-specific Protein Phosphatase PP1G/RGL(GM) Is Essential for Activation of Glycogen Synthase by Exercise

William G. Aschenbach, Yoichi Suzuki, Kristine Breeden, Clara Prats, Michael F. Hirshman, Scott D. Dufresne, Kei Sakamoto, Pier Giuseppe Vilardo, Marcella Steele, Jong Hwa Kim, Shao Liang Jing, Laurie J. Goodyear, Anna A. DePaoli-Roach

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In skeletal muscle both insulin and contractile activity are physiological stimuli for glycogen synthesis, which is thought to result in part from the dephosphorylation and activation of glycogen synthase (GS). PPIG/R GL(GM) is a glycogen/sarcoplasmic reticulum-associated type 1 phosphatase that was originally postulated to mediate insulin control of glycogen metabolism. However, we recently showed (Suzuki, Y., Lanner, C., Kim, J.-H., Vilardo, P. G., Zhang, H., Jie Yang, J., Cooper, L. D., Steele, M., Kennedy, A., Bock, C., Scrimgeour, A., Lawrence, J. C. Jr., L., and DePaoli-Roach, A. A. (2001) Mol. Cell. Biol. 21, 2683-2694) that insulin activates GS in muscle of RGL(GM) knockout (KO) mice similarly to the wild type (WT). To determine whether PP1G is involved in glycogen metabolism during muscle contractions, RGL KO and overexpressors (OE) were subjected to two models of contraction, in vivo treadmill running and in situ electrical stimulation. Both procedures resulted in a 2-fold increase in the GS -/+ glucose-6-P activity ratio in WT mice, but this response was completely absent in the KO mice. The KO mice, which also have a reduced GS activity associated with significantly reduced basal glycogen levels, exhibited impaired maximal exercise capacity, but contraction-induced activation of glucose transport was unaffected. The RGL OE mice are characterized by enhanced GS activity ratio and an ∼3-4-fold increase in glycogen content in skeletal muscle. These animals were able to tolerate exercise normally. Stimulation of GS and glucose uptake following muscle contraction was not significantly different as compared with WT littermates. These results indicate that although PP1G/RGL is not necessary for activation of GS by insulin, it is essential for regulation of glycogen metabolism under basal conditions and in response to contractile activity, and may explain the reduced muscle glycogen content in the RGL KO mice, despite the normal insulin activation of GS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39959-39967
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct 26
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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