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Role of G protein-coupled receptors in insulin receptor glycosyla | 4040
Journal of Glycobiology

Journal of Glycobiology
Open Access

ISSN: 2168-958X

Role of G protein-coupled receptors in insulin receptor glycosylation and activation


Glycobiology World Congress

August 10-12, 2015 Philadelphia, USA

Fiona Haxho

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Glycobiol

Abstract :

The insulin receptor (IR) is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor (RTK) that is activated by insulin and insulin growth
factors-I and II. Metabolically, insulin-induced IR activation plays a key role in the regulation of glucose homeostasis. A
dysfunctional process of insulin-induced IR activation may result in a range of clinical manifestations including insulin resistance,
type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular disorders. Although signal transduction pathways for
many tyrosine kinase receptors including IR are generally well characterized, parameters controlling the activation of these
receptors have remained poorly defined. Our recent reports describe a novel G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)-signaling
platform to potentiate mammalian neuraminidase-1 (Neu1) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9) cross-talk in regulating
RTKs and specifically IR. Central to this regulatory signaling axis is that Neu1, MMP9 and neuromedin-B GPCR form a complex
with the IRβ-subunit on the cell surface. This signaling paradigm proposes that insulin binding to its receptor on the cell surface
induces a conformational change of the receptor to initiate GPCR Giα-signaling and MMP9 activation to induce Neu1. Activated
Neu1 hydrolyzes α-2, 3-sialyl residues linked to β-galactosides which are distant from the insulin binding sites. These findings
support a prerequisite desialylation process by activated Neu1 enabling the removal of steric hindrance to IRβ subunit association
and the activation of tyrosine kinases. These reports uncover an unprecedented mode of control for insulin-induced IR activation
and present an innovative platform for targeting hormone signalling by the modification of IR glycosylation.

Biography :

F. Haxho is a graduate trainee in Dr. Myron Szewczuk’s laboratory, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario,
Canada. She holds the Queen’s Graduate Award (QGA), Graduate Entrance Tuition Award (GETA) and the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate
Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M).

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