Dual ablation of Grb10 and Grb14 in mice reveals their combined role in regulation of insulin signaling and glucose homeostasis

L J Holt, R J Lyons, A S Ryan, S M Beale, Andrew Ward, G J Cooney, R J Daly

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Growth factor receptor bound (Grb)10 and Grb14 are closely related adaptor proteins that bind directly to the insulin receptor (IR) and regulate insulin-induced IR tyrosine phosphorylation and signaling to IRS-1 and Akt. Grb10- and Grb14-deficient mice both exhibit improved whole-body glucose homeostasis as a consequence of enhanced insulin signaling and, in the case of the former, altered body composition. However, the combined physiological role of these adaptors has remained undefined. In this study we utilize compound gene knockout mice to demonstrate that although deficiency in one adaptor can enhance insulin-induced IRS-1 phosphorylation and Akt activation, insulin signaling is not increased further upon dual ablation of Grb10 and Grb14. Context-dependent limiting mechanisms appear to include IR hypophosphorylation and decreased IRS-1 expression. In addition, the compound knockouts exhibit an increase in lean mass comparable to Grb10-deficient mice, indicating that this reflects a regulatory function specific to Grb10. However, despite the absence of additive effects on insulin signaling and body composition, the double-knockout mice are protected from the impaired glucose tolerance that results from high-fat feeding, whereas protection is not observed with animals deficient for individual adaptors. These results indicate that, in addition to their described effects on IRS-1/Akt, Grb10 and Grb14 may regulate whole-body glucose homeostasis by additional mechanisms and highlight these adaptors as potential therapeutic targets for amelioration of the insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1414
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Endocrinology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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