The Interaction of Insulin with the Insulin Receptor in a Membrane Environment
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The first event in insulin action is the binding of insulin to insulin-receptors embedded in the cell membrane. This study investigated how plasma membrane cholesterol influences this interaction, as examined in several experimental models including cultured cells, virus-like-particles and liver cell plasma membranes. The study is of relevance to a better understanding of diabetes at a molecular level. Novel results include the demonstration that alterations in membrane cholesterol content significantly reduce insulin binding and signalling.
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