Author(s): Kaidanovich O, EldarFinkelman H
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Abstract Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is a ubiquitous cytosolic serine/threonine protein kinase that has been implicated in multiple receptor-mediated intracellular processes. Its unique feature, which distinguishes it from other protein kinases, is that it is constitutively active in resting conditions and acts as a suppressor of signalling pathways. The fact that the function of two key targets of insulin action, glycogen synthase and insulin receptor substrate-1, are suppressed by GSK-3, as well as the fact that GSK-3 activity is higher in diabetic tissues, makes it a promising drug discovery target for insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Thus, the development of GSK-3 inhibitors has received attention as an attempt to control both the spread of the disease and its severity.
This article was published in Expert Opin Ther Targets
and referenced in Journal of Biodiversity, Bioprospecting and Development