Expression and glycogenic effect of glycogen-targeting protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunit GL in cultured human muscle.


Journal Article

Glycogen-targeting PP1 (protein phosphatase 1) subunit G(L) (coded for by the PPP1R3B gene) is expressed in human, but not rodent, skeletal muscle. Its effects on muscle glycogen metabolism are unknown. We show that G(L) mRNA levels in primary cultured human myotubes are similar to those in freshly excised muscle, unlike subunits G(M) (gene PPP1R3A) or PTG (protein targeting to glycogen; gene PPP1R3C), which decrease strikingly. In cultured myotubes, expression of the genes coding for G(L), G(M) and PTG is not regulated by glucose or insulin. Overexpression of G(L) activates myotube GS (glycogen synthase), glycogenesis in glucose-replete and -depleted cells and glycogen accumulation. Compared with overexpressed G(M), G(L) has a more potent activating effect on glycogenesis, while marked enhancement of their combined action is only observed in glucose-replete cells. G(L) does not affect GP (glycogen phosphorylase) activity, while co-overexpression with muscle GP impairs G(L) activation of GS in glucose-replete cells. G(L) enhances long-term glycogenesis additively to glucose depletion and insulin, although G(L) does not change the phosphorylation of GSK3 (GS kinase 3) on Ser9 or its upstream regulator kinase Akt/protein kinase B on Ser473, nor its response to insulin. In conclusion, in cultured human myotubes, the G(L) gene is expressed as in muscle tissue and is unresponsive to glucose or insulin, as are G(M) and PTG genes. G(L) activates GS regardless of glucose, does not regulate GP and stimulates glycogenesis in combination with insulin and glucose depletion.

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Cited Authors

  • Montori-Grau, M; Guitart, M; Lerin, C; Andreu, AL; Newgard, CB; García-Martínez, C; Gómez-Foix, AM

Published Date

  • July 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 405 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 107 - 113

PubMed ID

  • 17555403

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17555403

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1470-8728

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1042/BJ20061572


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England