O-GlcNAcylation regulates hyperglycemia-induced GPX1 activation

Won Ho Yang, Sang Yoon Park, Suena Ji, Jeong Gu Kang, Ji Eun Kim, Hyundong Song, Inhee Mook-Jung, Kwang Min Choe, Jin Won Cho

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Hyperglycemia induces activation of glutathione peroxidase 1 (GPX1), an anti-oxidant enzyme essential for cell survival during oxidative stress. However, the mechanism of GPX1 activation is unclear. Here, we report that hyperglycemia-induced protein glycosylation by O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) is crucial for activation of GPX1 and for its binding to c-Abl and Arg kinases. GPX1 itself is modified with O-GlcNAc on its C-terminus. We also demonstrate that pharmacological injection of the O-GlcNAcase inhibitor NTZ induces GPX1 activation in the mouse liver. Our findings suggest a crucial role for GPX1 and its O-GlcNAc modification in hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-761
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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