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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1986 Jul 16;138(1):174-8.

Vanadate stimulation of IGF binding to rat adipocytes.


Preincubation of adipocytes with insulin (10 ng/ml) stimulated binding of IGF-II to maximal levels of 160% above controls. Vanadate also augmented IGF-II binding with an increase of 126% above controls at a concentration of 1 mM. Coincubation of vanadate (1 mM) with a maximal stimulatory dose of insulin (10 ng/ml) produced no additive effect. However, at submaximal doses of insulin (0.1 ng/ml) the effect of vanadate was additive. Amiloride, a potent inhibitor of the insulin receptor kinase, inhibited the effects of both vanadate and insulin. The data are consistent with an effect of vanadate via a similar sequence of steps to that of insulin; perhaps involving activation of the insulin receptor kinase.

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