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Abstract Title:

Astaxanthin Inhibits p70 S6 Kinase 1 Activity to Sensitize Insulin Signaling.

Abstract Source:

Mar Drugs. 2020 Sep 28 ;18(10). Epub 2020 Sep 28. PMID: 32998286

Abstract Author(s):

Chunmei Li, Bixia Ma, Junhong Chen, Yoonhwa Jeong, Xiulong Xu

Article Affiliation:

Chunmei Li

Abstract:

Astaxanthin (AST) is a carotenoid with therapeutic values on hyperglycemia and diabetic complications. The mechanisms of action of AST remain incompletely understood. p70 S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) is a serine/threonine kinase that phosphorylates insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1)and desensitizes the insulin receptor (IR). Our present study aims to determine if AST improves glucose metabolisms by targeting S6K1. Western blot analysis revealed that AST inhibited the phosphorylation of two S6K1 substrates, S6and IRS-1, but enhanced the phosphorylation of AKT, AKT, and S6K1by feedback activation of the phosphatidylinositol-3 (PI-3) kinase in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and L6 myotubes. In vitro kinase assays revealed that AST inhibited S6K1 activity with an ICvalue of approximately 13.8μM. AST increased insulin-induced IR tyrosine phosphorylation and IRS-1 binding to the p85 subunit of PI-3 kinase. Confocal microscopy revealed that AST increased the translocation of the glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) to the plasma membrane in L6 cells. Glucose uptake assays using a fluorescent dye, 2-NBDG (2--(Nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl)amino)-2-deoxyglucose), revealed that AST increased glucose uptake in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and L6 myotubes under insulin resistance conditions. Our study identifies S6K1 as a previously unrecognized molecular target of AST and provides novel insights into the mechanisms of action of AST on IR sensitization.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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