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International Journal of Experimental Diabetes Research
Volume 3 (2002), Issue 3, Pages 199-204

Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Activity in Insulin-Resistant Rodent Psammomys Obesus

1Pediatric Division, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel
2Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
3Diabetes Research Unit and Department of Biochemistry, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem 91120, Israel

Received 28 February 2002; Accepted 12 May 2002

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Phosphotyrosine phosphatase (PTPase) activity and its regulation by overnight food deprivation were studied in Psammomys obesus (sand rat), a gerbil model of insulin resistance and nutritionally induced diabetes mellitus. PTPase activity was measured using a phosphopeptide substrate containing a sequence identical to that of the major site of insulin receptor (IR) β-subunit autophosphorylation. The PTPase activity in membrane fractions was 3.5-, 8.3-, and 5.9-fold lower in liver, fat, and skeletal muscle, respectively, compared with corresponding tissues of albino rat.Western blotting of tissue membrane fractions in Psammomys showed lower PTPase and IR than in albino rats. The density of PTPase transmembrane protein band was 5.5-fold lower in liver and 12-fold lower in adipose tissue. Leukocyte antigen receptor (LAR) and IR were determined by specific immunoblotting and protein bands densitometry and were also found to be 6.3-fold lower in the liver and 22-fold lower in the adipose tissue in the hepatic membrane fractions. Liver cytosolic PTPase activity after an overnight food deprivation in the nondiabetic Psammomys rose 3.7-fold compared with postprandial PTPase activity, but it did not change significantly in diabetic fasted animals. Similar fasting-related changes were detected in the activity of PTPase derived from membrane fraction. In conclusion, the above data demonstrate that despite the insulin resistance, Psammomys is characterized by low level of PTPase activities in membrane and cytosolic fractions in all 3 major insulin responsive tissues, as well as in liver. PTPase activity does not rise in activity as a result of insulin resistance and nutritionally induced diabetes.