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Regulation of glucose-6-phosphatase gene expression by insulin and metformin.
Horm. Metab. Res. 41, 730-735 (2009)
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The biguanide derivative metformin is a potent anti-diabetic drug widely used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Its major effect on glucose metabolism consists in the inhibition of hepatic glucose production. Since the mechanisms of metformin action are only partially understood at the molecular level, we studied the regulation of the gene promoter activity of glucose-6-phosphatase (G6Pase), the central hepatic gluconeogenic enzyme, by this drug. We have found that both metformin and insulin inhibit the basal and dexamethasone/cAMP-stimulated G6Pase promoter activity in hepatoma cells. Since one of the pharmacological targets of metformin is AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and activation of AMPK is known to inhibit hepatic glucose production by the suppression of G6Pase gene transcription, we studied the effect of AMPK in this context. Under nonstimulated conditions, the inhibitory effect of both insulin and metformin was partially counteracted to a similar extent by treatment with compound C, a specific inhibitor of AMPK. In contrast, under conditions of stimulation with dexamethasone and cAMP, treatment with compound C reversed the inhibitory effect of metformin on G6Pase promoter activity to a similar extent as compared to nonstimulated conditions, whereas the effect of insulin was almost resistant to treatment with the AMPK-antagonist. These data indicate a differential AMPK-dependent regulation of G6Pase gene expression by insulin and metformin under basal and dexamethasone/cAMP-stimulated conditions.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0018-5043
Zeitschrift Hormone and Metabolic Research
Quellenangaben Band: 41, Heft: 10, Seiten: 730-735
Institut(e) Institute for Pancreatic Beta Cell Research (IPI)