ATP-Sensitive Potassium Channels Modulate Glucose Transport in Cultured Human Skeletal Muscle Cells.

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Several lines of evidence suggest that ATP-sensitive potassium (K<sub>ATP</sub>) channels are involved in glucose uptake by insulin target tissues. The aim of the present study was to prove directly the effect of K<sub>ATP</sub> channel activity on glucose transport into cultured human skeletal muscle cells. We used potassium channel openers PCO-400 and nicorandil alone or in combination with channel blockers glibenclamide and gliclazide to examine their effects on insulin- or high glucose concentration-induced glucose uptake using 2-deoxy-D-<sup>3</sup>H-glucose or 3-O-methyl-D-<sup>3</sup>H- glucose as tracer, respectively. PCO-400 inhibited the basal (non-stimulated) uptake of 2-DG or 3-OMG at the glucose concentration of 5mM. PCO-400 and nicorandil dose-dependently inhibited insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, and their inhibitory effects were reversed by glibenclamide or gliclazide. In addition, PCO-400 inhibited high glucose concentration-facilitated glucose transport in the absence of insulin, and this effect was also antagonized by both sulfonylurea drugs. Regarding the mechanism by which K<sub>ATP</sub> channels modulate glucose transport, we focused on protein kinase C (PKC), because PKC has been supposed to participate in both insulin- and high glucose concentration -stimulated glucose transport. PMA (phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate) dose-dependently reversed the PCO-400-induced suppression of insulin-stimulated glucose uptake. On the other hand, PCO-400 at the concentration that inhibited glucose uptake caused no alteration of membrane-associated PKC activity in the presence of insulin or PMA. From these results we conclude that KATP channels modulate the basal and insulin-or high glucose level-stimulated glucose transport in skeletal muscle through a mechanism independent of PKC.


  • Endocrine Journal

    Endocrine Journal 48(3), 369-375, 2001

    The Japan Endocrine Society


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