We have investigated the involvement of phosphoinositide (PI) 3-kinase and p70 ribosomal protein-S6 kinase (p70s6k) in mediating insulin stimulation of glycogen synthesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes using specific inhibitors. Wortmannin inhibited PI 3-kinase activity (IC50 approximately 10 nM), inhibition being complete at 100 nm. Wortmannin (100 nM) completely blocked the ability of insulin to activate glycogen synthase in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and the ability of insulin to stimulate glucose incorporation into glycogen in 3T3-L1 fibroblasts. Rapamycin, which blocks insulin-stimulated activation of p70s6k, decreased insulin activation of glycogen synthase in a dose-dependent manner (IC50 approximately 0.8 ng/ml), with a maximum approx. 75% inhibition of insulin's stimulatory effect. Rapamycin inhibited insulin-stimulated glucose incorporation into glycogen to a similar extent and with similar dose-dependency, while having no effect on insulin-stimulated glucose transport. We conclude that PI 3-kinase and p70s6k are involved in the signalling pathways by which insulin stimulates glycogen synthase in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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