RNAi-based analysis of CAP, Cbl, and CrkII function in the regulation of GLUT4 by insulin

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Program in Molecular Medicine

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3T3 Cells; Animals; Cytoskeletal Proteins; Glucose Transporter Type 4; Insulin; Mice; Mice, Knockout; Monosaccharide Transport Proteins; Muscle Proteins; Proto-Oncogene Proteins; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-cbl; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-crk; *RNA Interference; Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases


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Stimulation of glucose transport by insulin in cultured adipocytes through translocation of intracellular GLUT4 glucose transporters to the plasma membrane has been suggested to require phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase-dependent and independent mechanisms. To test the involvement of a PI 3-kinase-independent pathway leading to activation of the TC10 GTPase, the putative intermediates CAP, c-Cbl, Cbl-b, and CrkII were selectively depleted in 3T3-L1 adipocytes using highly efficient small interfering (si) RNAs. Simultaneous depletion of the ubiquitination factors c-Cbl plus Cbl-b in cultured adipocytes had the expected effect of delaying dephosphorylation of EGF receptors upon removal of EGF. However, siRNA-mediated gene silencing of both Cbl isoforms or CAP or CrkII in these cells failed to attenuate insulin-stimulated deoxyglucose transport or Myc-tagged GLUT4-GFP translocation at either sub-maximal or maximal concentrations of insulin. The dose-response relationship for insulin stimulation of deoxyglucose transport in primary adipocytes derived from c-Cbl knock-out mice was also identical to insulin action on adipocytes from wild type mice. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that CAP, Cbl iso-forms, and CrkII are not required components of insulin signaling to GLUT4 transporters.

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J Biol Chem. 2004 Sep 3;279(36):37431-5. Epub 2004 Jul 16. Link to article on publisher's site

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The Journal of biological chemistry

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