GPCRs and Insulin Receptor Signaling in Conversation: Novel Avenues for Drug Discovery

Author(s): Manveen K. Gupta* , Neelakantan T. Vasudevan* .

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 19 , Issue 16 , 2019

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Type 2 diabetes is a major health issue worldwide with complex metabolic and endocrine abnormalities. Hyperglycemia, defects in insulin secretion and insulin resistance are classic features of type 2 diabetes. Insulin signaling regulates metabolic homeostasis by regulating glucose and lipid turnover in the liver, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Major treatment modalities for diabetes include the drugs from the class of sulfonyl urea, Insulin, GLP-1 agonists, SGLT2 inhibitors, DPP-IV inhibitors and Thiazolidinediones. Emerging antidiabetic therapeutics also include classes of drugs targeting GPCRs in the liver, adipose tissue and skeletal muscle. Interestingly, recent research highlights several shared intermediates between insulin and GPCR signaling cascades opening potential novel avenues for diabetic drug discovery.

Keywords: GPCRs, Insulin Signaling, Diabetes, Cross-talk, Drug Discovery, RTKs, IRs.

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