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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 22-30
Research article

Different Forms of Vanadate on Sugar Transport in Insulin Target and Nontarget Cells

1Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, SMBD-Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2Department of Biology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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The effects of several vanadates (ie, orthovanadate, pervanadate, and two stable peroxovanadium compounds) on basal and insulin-stimulated 2-DG transport in insulin target and nontarget cell lines are reported, herein. In nontarget cells, exposure to vanadates (5×106 to 104 mol/L) resulted in 2-DG transport stimulatory responses similar to those observed in 2-DG transport post exposure to 667 nmol/L insulin alone, or insulin in combination with vanadates. In 3T3-L1 adipocytes and L6 myotubes, exposure to a vanadate compound or 67 nmol/L insulin, stimulated 2-DG transport dramatically. Again, this effect on stimulated transport was similar to 2-DG transport post-treatment with the effective vanadates in combination with insulin. While pervanadate or stable peroxovanadates stimulated 2-DG transport at 105 to 106 mol/L, orthovanadate up to 104 mol/L was not effective in stimulating 2-DG transport in any of the cell lines tested. The data indicate that the various peroxovanadates are clearly superior insulin mimetics while a more limited insulin mimesis is observed with orthovanadate over a wide variety of cell types.