Mechanism of action of Insulin

Insulin regular is a 51 residue peptide hormone, composed of two amino acid chains covalently linked by disulfide bonds. The structure is identical to native human insulin. Recombinant insulin is synthesized by recombinant DNA technology. Inserting the human insulin gene into the E coli bacteria produces insulin for human use.

Name of the product: Human Insulin
Brand name(Mfg. Co.) : Humulin (Eli-Lilly); Novalin(Nova Nordisk)

Therapeutic Indication: To combat insulin dependent diabetes; its is the first human health produced used in medicine.

Mechanism of action: The primary activity of insulin is the regulation of glucose metabolism. Insulin promotes glucose and amino acid uptake into muscle and adipose tissues, and other tissues except brain and liver. It also has an anabolic role in stimulating glycogen, fatty acid, and protein synthesis. Insulin inhibits gluconeogenesis in the liver. Insulin binds to the insulin receptor (IR), a heterotetrameric protein consisting of two extracellular alpha units and two transmembrane beta units. The binding of insulin to the alpha subunit of IR stimulates the tyrosine kinase activity intrinsic to the beta subunit of the receptor. The bound receptor is able to autophosphorylate and phosphorylate numerous intracellular substrates such as insulin receptor substrates (IRS) proteins, Cbl, APS, Shc and Gab 1. These activated proteins, in turn, lead to the activation of downstream signaling molecules including PI3 kinase and Akt. Akt regulates the activity of glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) and protein kinase C (PKC) which play a critical role in metabolism and catabolism.


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  1. Plz tell me insulin is made of which sugars...

  2. Hi Rakesh,
    Insulin is a peptide hormone or protein hormone made up of amino acids, not a sugar.

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