2-(3,4-Dihydro-2H-pyrrolium-1-yl)-3oxoindan-1-olate (DHPO), a novel, synthetic small molecule that alleviates insulin resistance and lipid abnormalities

M.R. Kandadi, P.K. Rajanna, M.K. Unnikrishnan, S.P. Boddu, Y. Hua, J. Li, M. Du, J. Ren, N. Sreejayan

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Type-2 diabetes is growing at epidemic proportions world-wide. This report describes the effect of a novel, synthetic, small molecule 2-(3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrolium-1-yl)-3oxoindan-1-olate (DHPO), on metabolic abnormalities in genetic and dietary mouse models of type-2 diabetes. DHPO (20 mg/kg/d i.p. for 21 days) attenuated fasting blood glucose, improved glucose disposal and corrected dyslipidemia in genetic (leptin deficient, ob/ob) and dietary (high-fat-fed) mouse models of insulin resistance. In addition, DHPO augmented 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2DG) uptake in gastrocnemius muscles of wild-type mice and in cultured myotubes. The increase in 2DG-uptake was associated with an increase in the phosphorylation of AMPK (thr-172) and its downstream effector acetyl-CoA carboxylase without any changes in the phosphorylation of Akt of insulin receptor. The AMPK inhibitor, compound C attenuated DHPO-induced glucose-uptake whereas the PI3-kinase inhibitor Wortmannin was less effective. In addition, DHPO failed to augment glucose-uptake in the gastrocnemius muscle from AMPK-α2-transgenic (kinase-dead) mice. Taken together, these results suggest that DHPO is a novel small molecule that alleviates impaired glucose tolerance and lipid abnormalities associated with type-2 diabetes. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-631
Number of pages9
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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