Insulin receptors in the brain: structural and physiological characterization. Neurochem Res 13: 297-303

Department of Physiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville 32610.
Neurochemical Research (Impact Factor: 2.59). 05/1988; 13(4):297-303. DOI: 10.1007/BF00972477
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The present study was conducted to characterize insulin receptors and to determine the effects of insulin in synaptosomes prepared from adult rat brains. Binding of125I-insulin to synaptosome insulin receptors was highly specific and time dependent: equilibrium binding was obtained within 60 minutes, and a t1/2 of dissociation of 26 minutes. Cross-linking of125I-insulin to its receptor followed by SDS-PAGE demonstrated that the apparent molecular weight of the alpha subunit of the receptor was 122,000 compared with 134,000 for the liver insulin receptor. In addition, insulin stimulated the dose-dependent phosphorylation of exogenous tyrosine containing substrate and a 95,000 MW plasma membrane associated protein, in a lectin-purified insulin receptor preparation. The membrane associated protein was determined to be the β subunit of the insulin receptor. Incubation of synaptosomes with insulin caused a dose-dependent inhibition of specific sodium-sensitive [3H]norepinephrine uptake. Insulin inhibition of [3H]norepinephrine uptake was mediated by a decrease in active uptake sites without any effects in theK
m, and was specific for insulin since related and unrelated peptides influenced the uptake in proportion to their structural similarity with insulin. These observations indicate that synaptosomes prepared from the adult rat brain possess specific insulin receptors and insulin has inhibitory effects on norepinephrine uptake in the preparation.

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    • "IGF-I itself has been detected in astrocytes and neurons of the central nervous system (CNS) (Garcia-Segura et al. 1991; Garcia-Estrada et al. 1992). The receptors for insulin (IR) and IGF-I (IGFIR) as well as other components of these signaling pathways are expressed throughout the mammalian brain with particularly high concentrations in the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the cerebral cortex (Raizada et al. 1988; Unger et al. 1989; Pons 1991 #392). "
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    ABSTRACT: The beneficial effects of insulin and insulin-like growth factor I on cognition have been documented in humans and animal models. Conversely, obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and diabetes increase the risk for neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the mechanisms by which insulin regulates synaptic plasticity are not well understood. Here, we report that complete disruption of insulin receptor substrate 2 (Irs2) in mice impairs long-term potentiation (LTP) of synaptic transmission in the hippocampus. Basal synaptic transmission and paired-pulse facilitation were similar between the 2 groups of mice. Induction of LTP by high-frequency conditioning tetanus did not activate postsynaptic N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in hippocampus slices from Irs2−/− mice, although the expression of NR2A, NR2B, and PSD95 was equivalent to wild-type controls. Activation of Fyn, AKT, and MAPK in response to tetanus stimulation was defective in Irs2−/− mice. Interestingly, IRS2 was phosphorylated during induction of LTP in control mice, revealing a potential new component of the signaling machinery which modulates synaptic plasticity. Given that IRS2 expression is diminished in Type 2 diabetics as well as in AD patients, these data may reveal an explanation for the prevalence of cognitive decline in humans with metabolic disorders by providing a mechanistic link between insulin resistance and impaired synaptic transmission.
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    • "However, initial studies of insulin's regulation of the norepinephrine transporter (NET) function were more consistent. For example, insulin inhibits NE uptake in whole brain neuronal cultures, dissociated brain cells, and whole brain synaptosomes (Boyd et al., 1985, 1986; Masters et al., 1987; Raizada et al., 1988). Furthermore, Figlewicz et al. demonstrated that nanomolar concentrations of acute insulin decrease NE uptake from both hypothalamic and hippocampal rat slices (Figlewicz et al., 1993), and that insulin also inhibits NE uptake in PC12 cells which endogenously synthesize NE and express NET (Figlewicz et al., 1993). "
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    • "Importantly, previous studies implicate a clear role for insulin, a metabolic hormone, in the regulation of NET function. Indeed, insulin inhibits NE uptake in whole brain neuronal cultures, dissociated brain cells, and whole brain synaptosomes (Boyd et al., 1985; Boyd et al., 1986; Masters et al., 1987; Raizada et al., 1988). Furthermore, Figlewicz et al. demonstrated the ability of nanomolar concentrations of acute insulin to decrease NE uptake from both hypothalamic and hippocampal slices (Figlewicz et al., 1993). "
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