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Interaction between Leptin and Insulin Signaling Pathways Differentially Affects JAK-STAT and PI 3-Kinase-Mediated Signaling in Rat Liver

J.B.C. Carvalheira , E.B. Ribeiro , F. Folli , L.A. Velloso and M.J.A. Saad
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Chronic leptin treatment markedly enhances the effect of insulin on hepatic glucose production unproportionally with respect to body weight loss and increased insulin sensitivity. In the present study the cross-talk between insulin and leptin was evaluated in rat liver. Upon stimulation of JAK2 tyrosine phosphorylation, leptin induced JAK2 co-immunoprecipitation with STAT3, STAT5b, IRS-1 and IRS-2. This phenomenon parallels the leptininduced tyrosine phosphorylation of STAT3, STAT5b, IRS-1 and IRS-2. Acutely injected insulin stimulated a mild increase in tyrosine phosphorylation of JAK2, STAT3 and STAT5b. Leptin was less effective than insulin in stimulating IRS phosphorylation and their association with PI 3-kinase. Simultaneous treatment with both hormones yielded no change in maximal phosphorylation of STAT3, IRS-1, IRS-2 and Akt, but led to a marked increase in tyrosine phosphorylation of JAK2 and STAT5b when compared with isolated administration of insulin or leptin. This indicates that there is a positive crosstalk between insulin and leptin signaling pathways at the level of JAK2 and STAT5b in rat liver.

Published Online: 2005-06-01
Published in Print: 2003-01-27

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