Biogenesis and regulation of insulin-responsive vesicles containing GLUT4

Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.
Current opinion in cell biology (Impact Factor: 8.47). 04/2010; 22(4):506-12. DOI: 10.1016/
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Insulin regulates the trafficking of GLUT4 glucose transporters in fat and muscle cells. In unstimulated cells, GLUT4 is sequestered intracellularly in small, insulin-responsive vesicles. Insulin stimulates the translocation of these vesicles to the cell surface, inserting the transporters into the plasma membrane to enhance glucose uptake. Formation of the insulin-responsive vesicles requires multiple interactions among GLUT4, IRAP, LRP1, and sortilin, as well as recruitment of GGA and ACAP1 adaptors and clathrin. Once formed, the vesicles are retained within unstimulated cells by the action of TUG, Ubc9, and other proteins. In addition to acting at other steps in vesicle recycling, insulin releases this retention mechanism to promote the translocation and fusion of the vesicles at the cell surface.

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    • "Because of the clinical importance in type II diabetes of the activity of GLUT4, the glucose transporter expressed primarily in insulin responsive tissues [6], [7], it is one of the best-studied regulatory systems for a transporter. There are excellent recent reviews that summarize up-to-date knowledge about the biochemistry of this regulation [8], [9], [10] and discuss in detail the biogenesis of specialized GLUT4 storage vesicles (GSV) [10], insulin signaling cascades involved in the regulation of GSV exocytosis and GLUT4 translocation to the plasma membrane (PM) [8], [9], and mechanisms of GLUT4 endocytosis, and sorting back to GSV [9], [10]. However, comparatively less is known about dynamics of GLUT4 already present in the PM, where it actually performs its function of facilitating the transport of glucose. "
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