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Gαi-coupled GPR41 activation increases Ca2+ influx in C2C12 cells and shows a therapeutic effect in diabetic animals

Lee, DH;Heo, KS;Myung, CS;

This study aimed to investigate the possible mechanisms by which orphan G protein-coupled receptor GPR41 activation enhances glucose uptake into C2C12 myotubes using a GPR41-selective agonist, AR420626, and to examine the ability of this agent to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis in vivo.Basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake and glucose transporter 4 translocations were measured in C2C12 myotubes. Ca2+ influx into cells was measured and GPR41-mediated signaling by AR420626 was examined. An oral glucose tolerance test was performed, and plasma insulin levels were measured in streptozotocin-treated or high-fat diet-fed diabetic mice. The glycogen content was measured in skeletal muscle tissue.AR420626 increased basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, which was reduced by pertussis toxin, an inhibitor of G?i -mediated signaling, and treatment with small interfering RNA for GPR41 (siGPR41). AR420626 increased intracellular Ca2+ influx and phosphorylated Ca2+ /calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II, cyclic AMP-responsive element-binding protein, and mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38) in C2C12 myotubes, which were inhibited by treating with pertussis toxin, amlodipine (Ca2+ channel blocker), and siGPR41. AR420626 increased plasma insulin levels and skeletal muscle glycogen content and improved glucose tolerance in streptozotocin- and high-fat diet-induced diabetic mouse models.GPR41 activation with AR420626 increased glucose uptake mediated by Ca2+ signaling via GPR41, improving diabetes mellitus.