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Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Jun;24(11):5080-7.

Increased insulin sensitivity and reduced adiposity in phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase beta-/- mice.

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Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Division of Signal Transduction, 10th Floor, 330 Brookline, MA 02215, USA.


Phosphorylated derivatives of the lipid phosphatidylinositol are known to play critical roles in insulin response. Phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinases convert phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate to phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bis-phosphate. To understand the physiological role of these kinases, we generated mice that do not express phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase beta. These mice are hypersensitive to insulin and have reduced body weights compared to wild-type littermates. While adult male mice lacking phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase beta have significantly less body fat than wild-type littermates, female mice lacking phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase beta have increased insulin sensitivity in the presence of normal adiposity. Furthermore, in vivo insulin-induced activation of the protein kinase Akt is enhanced in skeletal muscle and liver from mice lacking phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase beta. These results indicate that phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase beta plays a role in determining insulin sensitivity and adiposity in vivo and suggest that inhibitors of this enzyme may be useful in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

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