Emodin regulates glucose utilization by activating amp-activated protein kinase

Parkyong Song, Jong Hyun Kim, Jaewang Ghim, Jong Hyuk Yoon, Areum Lee, Yonghoon Kwon, Hyunjung Hyun, Hyo Youl Moon, Hueng Sik Choi, Per Olof Berggren, Pann Ghill Suh, Sung Ho Ryu

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Background: AMPK activation improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Results: Emodin increases glucose uptake in skeletal muscle and lowers blood glucose levels via AMPK activation. Conclusion: Administration of emodin leads to increased glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in vivo. Significance: Our results highlight the potential value of emodin as a drug for the treatment of diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5732-5742
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 22 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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