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The Exercise-induced Improvement in Insulin-stimulated Glucose Uptake by Rat Skeletal Muscle Is Absent in Male AS160-Knockout Rats, Partially Restored by Muscle Expression of Phosphomutated AS160, and Fully Restored by Muscle Expression of Wildtype AS160

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posted on 09.11.2021, 17:16 by Amy Zheng, Edward B. Arias, Haiyan Wang, Seong Eun Kwak, Xiufang Pan, Dongsheng Duan, Gregory D. Cartee
One exercise session can elevate insulin-stimulated glucose uptake (ISGU) in skeletal muscle, but the mechanisms remain elusive. Circumstantial evidence suggests a role for Akt substrate of 160 kDa (AS160 or TBC1D4). We used genetic approaches to rigorously test this idea. The initial experiment evaluated AS160’s role for the postexercise increase in ISGU using muscles from male wildtype (WT) and AS160-knockout (AS160-KO) rats. The next experiment used AS160-KO rats with an adeno-associated virus (AAV) approach to determine if rescuing muscle AS160 deficiency could restore exercise’s ability to improve ISGU. The third experiment tested if eliminating the muscle GLUT4 deficit in AS160-KO rats via AAV-delivered GLUT4 would enable postexercise enhancement of ISGU. The final experiment employed AS160-KO rats and AAV-delivery of AS160 mutated to prevent phosphorylation of Ser588, Thr642, and Ser704 to evaluate their role in postexercise ISGU. We discovered: 1) AS160 expression was essential for postexercise increase in ISGU; 2) rescuing muscle AS160 expression of AS160-KO rats restored postexercise enhancement of ISGU; 3) restoring GLUT4 expression in AS160-KO muscle did not rescue the postexercise increase in ISGU; and 4) although AS160 phosphorylation on 3 key sites was not required for postexercise elevation in ISGU, it was essential for the full-exercise effect.


This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (R01-DK-071771).