Delaying of insulin signal transduction in skeletal muscle cells by selenium compounds

Supranutritional selenium (Se) intake and high serum Se levels have been associated epidemiologically with increased risk for type 2 diabetes, suggesting adverse effects of dietary Se compounds and/or antioxidant selenoenzymes on the sensitivity of target tissues for insulin.

Here, we compared the capability of inorganic (sodiumselenite and sodium selenate) and organic (selenomethionine and methylseleninic acid (MSeA)) Se compounds to interfere with insulin signaling in rat L6 myotubes, differentiated skeletal muscle cells. When applied at doses of 1 μM, only selenite and MSeA were capable of delaying insulin-induced phosphorylation of protein kinase B(Akt) and attenuating insulin-induced phosphorylation of forkhead box class O transcription factors FoxO1a and FoxO3. Insulin-stimulated glucose uptake was lowered byselenite and MSeA as well. Even though all tested Se compounds strongly stimulated expression/activity of the cellular selenoproteins glutathione peroxidase 1 andselenoprotein W, selenite and MSeA were the most efficiently utilized Se donors. Moreover, at doses of 1 μM, only selenite and MSeA had a significant inhibitory effect on generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). These results suggest that the Se(IV) compounds selenite and MSeA may impair the insulin sensitivity ofmyocytes by influencing cellular redox homeostasis.

the insulin sensitivity of skeletal muscle cells by attenuating intracellular ROS production.

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