Human pancreatic glucokinase in complex with glucose and activator showing a mobile flap
[HXK4_HUMAN] Defects in GCK are the cause of maturity-onset diabetes of the young type 2 (MODY2) [MIM:125851]; also shortened MODY-2. MODY is a form of diabetes that is characterized by an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance, onset in childhood or early adulthood (usually before 25 years of age), a primary defect in insulin secretion and frequent insulin-independence at the beginning of the disease.             Defects in GCK are the cause of familial hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia type 3 (HHF3) [MIM:602485]; also known as persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia of infancy (PHHI) or congenital hyperinsulinism. HHF is the most common cause of persistent hypoglycemia in infancy. Unless early and aggressive intervention is undertaken, brain damage from recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia may occur.
[HXK4_HUMAN] Catalyzes the initial step in utilization of glucose by the beta-cell and liver at physiological glucose concentration. Glucokinase has a high Km for glucose, and so it is effective only when glucose is abundant. The role of GCK is to provide G6P for the synthesis of glycogen. Pancreatic glucokinase plays an important role in modulating insulin secretion. Hepatic glucokinase helps to facilitate the uptake and conversion of glucose by acting as an insulin-sensitive determinant of hepatic glucose usage.
Publication Abstract from PubMed
Glucokinase (GK) catalyses the formation of glucose 6-phosphate from glucose and ATP. A specific feature of GK amongst hexokinases is that it can cycle between active and inactive conformations as a function of glucose concentration, resulting in a unique positive kinetic cooperativity with glucose, which turns GK into a unique key sensor of glucose metabolism, notably in the pancreas. GK is a target of antidiabetic drugs aimed at the activation of GK activity, leading to insulin secretion. Here, the first structures of a GK-glucose complex without activator, of GK-glucose-AMP-PNP and of GK-glucose-AMP-PNP with a bound activator are reported. All these structures are extremely similar, thus demonstrating that binding of GK activators does not result in conformational changes of the active protein but in stabilization of the active form of GK.
The active conformation of human glucokinase is not altered by allosteric activators.,Petit P, Antoine M, Ferry G, Boutin JA, Lagarde A, Gluais L, Vincentelli R, Vuillard L Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2011 Nov;67(Pt 11):929-35. Epub 2011 Oct 19. PMID:22101819
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