PMID: 6386465Oct 15, 1984Paper

Hexose metabolism in pancreatic islets. The phosphorylation of fructose

European Journal of Biochemistry
A SenerW J Malaisse


Fructose, like glucose, rapidly equilibrates across the plasma membrane of pancreatic islet cells, but is poorly metabolized and is a weak insulin secretagogue in rat pancreatic islets. A possible explanation for such a situation was sought by investigating the modality of fructose phosphorylation in islet homogenates. Several findings indicated that the phosphorylation of fructose is catalyzed by hexokinase, but not fructokinase. First, at variance with the situation found in liver homogenates, the phosphorylation of fructose in the islet homogenate was unaffected by K+ and inhibited by glucose, mannose, glucose 6-phosphate or glucose 1,6-bisphosphate. Second, the Km for fructose was much higher in islets than in liver. Third, in islet homogenates the Km and Vmax for fructose were much higher than those for glucose or mannose phosphorylation, at low aldohexose concentrations, in good agreement with the properties of purified hexokinase. In intact islets fructose augmented the islet content in glucose 6-phosphate sufficiently to cause marked inhibition of its own rate of phosphorylation. These findings may account, in part at least, for the low rate of fructose utilization by rat pancreatic islets.


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