Insulin resistance in striated muscle-specific integrin receptorβ1-deficient mice

Haihong Zong, Claire C. Bastie, Jun Xu, Reinhard Fassler, Kevin P. Campbell, Irwin J. Kurland, Jeffrey E. Pessin

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Integrin receptor plays key roles in mediating both inside-out and outside-in signaling between cells and the extracellular matrix. We have observed that the tissue-specific loss of the integrin β1 subunit in striated muscle results in a near complete loss of integrin β1 subunit protein expression concomitant with a loss of talin and to a lesser extent, a reduction in F-actin content. Muscle-specific integrin β1-deficient mice had no significant difference in food intake, weight gain, fasting glucose, and insulin levels with their littermate controls. However, dynamic analysis of glucose homeostasis using euglycemic- hyperinsulinemic clamps demonstrated a 44 and 48% reduction of insulin-stimulated glucose infusion rate and glucose clearance, respectively. The whole body insulin resistance resulted from a specific inhibition of skeletal muscle glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis without any significant effect on the insulin suppression of hepatic glucose output or insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in adipose tissue. The reduction in skeletal muscle insulin responsiveness occurred without any change in GLUT4 protein expression levels but was associated with an impairment of the insulin-stimulated protein kinase B/Akt serine 473 phosphorylation but not threonine 308. The inhibition of insulin-stimulated serine 473 phosphorylation occurred concomitantly with a decrease in integrin-linked kinase expression but with no change in the mTOR·Rictor·LST8 complex (mTORC2). These data demonstrate an in vivo crucial role of integrin β1 signaling events in mediating cross-talk to that of insulin action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4679-4688
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 13 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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