Endocrinol Metab > Volume 27(1); 2012 > Article
Endocrinology and Metabolism 2012;27(1):12-19.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3803/EnM.2012.27.1.12    Published online March 1, 2012.
Mechanism of Lipid Induced Insulin Resistance: An Overview.
Samir Bhattacharya, Rakesh Kundu, Suman Dasgupta, Sushmita Bhattacharya
1Molecular Endocrinology Laboratory, Centre for Advanced Studies in Zoology, Visva-Bharati University School of Life Science, Santiniketan, India. bhattacharyasa@gmail.com
2North-East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR), Jorhat, India.
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is rapidly spreading throughout the world. It's an insidious disease and still treated in an indirect manner without having specific drug target. In majority cases T2D is treated with drugs that address type 1 diabetes, majority of drugs aim to increase insulin release although the root cause for T2D is not the dearth of insulin release, it occurs in the later stage of disease development. T2D silently progressed in the patient; it begins with insulin resistance that takes place due to the loss of insulin sensitivity. Though insulin resistance is the centre of pathogenesis, our treatment of the disease has not yet addressed it. It is now a fact that insulin resistance is manifested by lipid and fatty acids (FAs) play a critical role in blunting insulin sensitivity. Our understanding is still poor in deciphering how lipid impose insulin insensitivity, majority of workers suggest it is because of insulin signaling defects which implements insulin function in inhibiting glucose to the cell from circulation. Number of long chain saturated FA has been shown to produce insulin signaling defects. However, we really need further investigation to find specific target(s) for FA induced damage. In addition to these information, a new dimension of T2D is getting attractive is fetuin-A/alpha2-Heremans-Schmid Glycoprotein, a secretary protein from liver. Its gene locus has been identified as T2D susceptible. Fetuin-A's excess expression occurs by FA and it disrupts adipocyte function. It has been shown to be associated with T2D especially in obesity. In this review, we briefly discuss the present status on the mechanistic understanding of lipid induced insulin resistance that leads to T2D. More we understand the mechanism; opportunity to fight the battle with T2D will be increasing. Since, this field is now vast; we covered a few major events.
Key Words: Alpha-2-HS-Glycoprotein, Fatty acids, HMGA1, Insulin resistance, Lipids, Novel PKCs, Type 2 diabetes

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