Insulin-like growth factor I receptors are more abundant than insulin receptors in human micro- and macrovascular endothelial cells
2004 (English)In: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism, ISSN 0193-1849, Vol. 286, E896-E901 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Micro- and macroangiopathy are major causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes. Our aim was to characterize IGF-I receptor (IGF-IR) and insulin receptor (IR) in human micro- and macrovascular endothelial cells. Cultured human dermal microvascular endothelial cells (HMVEC) and human aortic endothelial cells (HAEC) were used. Gene expression was measured by quantitative real-time RT-PCR and receptor protein by ligand-binding assay. Phosphorylation of IGF-IR ß-subunit was analyzed by immunoprecipitation and Western blot. Glucose metabolism and DNA synthesis was assessed using [3H]glucose and [3H]thymidine incorporation, respectively. We detected gene expression of IGF-IR and IR in HAEC and HMVEC. IGF-IR gene expression was severalfold higher than that of IR. The specific binding of 125I-IGF-I was higher than that of 125I-insulin in HAEC and HMVEC. Insulin and the new, long-acting insulin analog glargine interacted with the IGF-IR with thousand- and hundred-fold less potency than IGF-I itself. Phosphorylation of the IGF-IR ß-subunit was shown in HAEC for IGF-I (10-8 M) and insulin (10-6 M) and in HMVEC for IGF-I and glargine (10-8 M, 10-6 M). IGF-I 10-7 M stimulated incorporation of [3H]thymidine into DNA, and 10-9–10-7 M also the incorporation of [3H]glucose in HMVEC, whereas glargine and insulin had no significant effects at 10-9–10-7 M. Human micro- and macrovascular endothelial cells express more IGF-IR than IR. IGF-I and high concentrations of glargine and insulin ctivates the IGF-IR. Glargine has a higher affinity than insulin for the IGF-IR but probably has no effect on DNA synthesis at concentrations reached in vivo.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 286, E896-E901 p.
Human endothelial cells, receptor, insulin, glargine
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12552DOI: 10.1152/ajpendo.00327.2003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12552DiVA: diva2:1690