Varinder K Randhawa

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Glucose entry into muscle cells is precisely regulated by insulin, through recruitment of GLUT4 (glucose transporter-4) to the membrane of muscle and fat cells. Work done over more than two decades has contributed to mapping the insulin signalling and GLUT4 vesicle trafficking events underpinning this response. In spite of this intensive scientific(More)
The intracellular traffic of the glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) in muscle cells remains largely unexplored. Here we make use of L6 myoblasts stably expressing GLUT4 with an exofacially directed Myc-tag (GLUT4myc) to determine the exocytic and endocytic rates of the transporter. Insulin caused a rapid (t(12) = 4 min) gain, whereas hyperosmolarity (0.45 m(More)
Like neuronal synaptic vesicles, intracellular GLUT4-containing vesicles must dock and fuse with the plasma membrane, thereby facilitating insulin-regulated glucose uptake into muscle and fat cells. GLUT4 colocalizes in part with the vesicle SNAREs VAMP2 and VAMP3. In this study, we used a single-cell fluorescence-based assay to compare the functional(More)
Insulin enhances plasmalemmal-directed traffic of glucose transporter-4 (GLUT4), but it is unknown whether insulin regulates GLUT4 traffic through endosomal compartments. In L6 myoblasts expressing Myc-tagged GLUT4, insulin markedly stimulated the rate of GLUT4myc recycling. In myoblasts stimulated with insulin to maximize surface GLUT4myc levels, we(More)
Postprandial blood glucose homeostasis is regulated by an insulin-stimulated increase in glucose transport into muscle and fat tissues via glucose transporter isoform 4 (GLUT4). In the basal state, this constitutively recycling membrane protein predominantly resides intracellularly. In order to achieve the insulin-stimulated increase in glucose flux, GLUT4(More)
Insulin and hypertonicity each increase the content of GLUT4 glucose transporters at the surface of muscle cells. Insulin enhances GLUT4 exocytosis without diminishing its endocytosis. The insulin but not the hypertonicity response is reduced by tetanus neurotoxin, which cleaves vesicle-associated membrane protein (VAMP)2 and VAMP3, and is rescued upon(More)
Insulin regulates glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) availability at the surface of muscle and adipose cells. In L6 myoblasts, stably expressed GLUT4myc is detected mostly in a perinuclear region. In unstimulated cells, about half of perinuclear GLUT4myc colocalizes with the transferrin receptor (TfR). Insulin stimulation selectively decreased the perinuclear(More)
Insulin induces GLUT4 translocation to the muscle cell surface. Using differential amino acid labeling and mass spectrometry, we observed insulin-dependent co-precipitation of actinin-4 (ACTN4) with GLUT4 (Foster, L. J., Rudich, A., Talior, I., Patel, N., Huang, X., Furtado, L. M., Bilan, P. J., Mann, M., and Klip, A. (2006) J. Proteome Res. 5, 64-75).(More)
Treatment with Ni(NO3)2 leads to the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the green alga Scenedesmus acutus f. alternans, causing lipid peroxidation. This effect was stronger in a Ni-sensitive strain, UTEX72, than in a Ni-resistant strain, B4. In the resistant strain, Ni induced an increased ratio of reduced to oxidized glutathione (GSH:GSSG),(More)
Phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase is required for insulin-stimulated translocation of GLUT4 to the surface of muscle and fat cells. Recent evidence suggests that the full stimulation of glucose uptake by insulin also requires activation of GLUT4, possibly via a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK)-dependent pathway. Here we used L6 myotubes(More)