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The atypical kinase Cdk5 is activated by insulin, regulates the association between GLUT4 and E-Syt1, and modulates glucose transport in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

By Vasiliki Lalioti, Gemma Muruais, Ana Dinarina, Josef van Damme, Joel Vandekerckhove and Ignacio V. Sandoval


Here, we report that Cdk5 activation is stimulated by insulin and plays a key role in the regulation of GLUT4-mediated glucose uptake in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Insulin activation of Cdk5 requires PI3K signaling. Insulin-activated Cdk5 phosphorylates E-Syt1, a 5 C2-domain protein-related to the synaptotagmins that is induced during adipocyte differentiation. Phosphorylated E-Syt1 associates with GLUT4, an event inhibited by the Cdks inhibitor roscovitine. Cdk5 silencing inhibits glucose uptake by 3T3-L1 adipocytes. These studies elucidate a previously unknown activity of Cdk5 and demonstrate the involvement of this kinase in the regulation of insulin-dependent glucose uptake in adipocytes

Topics: Biological Sciences
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
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