Low doses of vanadate and Trigonella synergistically regulate Na+/K+-ATPase activity and GLUT4 translocation in alloxan-diabetic rats

Mohammad Rizwan Siddiqui, Krishnan Moorthy, Asia Taha, Mohd Ejaz Hussain, Najma Zaheer Baquer*

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Oral administration of vanadate to diabetic animals have been shown to stabilize the glucose homeostasis and restore altered metabolic pathways. However, vanadate exerts these effects at relatively high doses with several toxic effects. Low doses of vanadate are relatively safe but unable to elicit any antidiabetic effects. The present study explored the prospect of using low doses of vanadate with Trigonella foenum graecum, seed powder (TSP), another antidiabetic agent, and to evaluate their antidiabetic effect in diabetic rats. Alloxan diabetic rats were treated with insulin, vanadate, TSP and low doses of vanadate with TSP for three weeks. The effect of these antidiabetic compounds was examined on general physiological parameters, Na+/K+ ATPase activity, membrane lipid peroxidation and membrane fluidity in liver, kidney and heart tissues. Expression of glucose transporter (GLUT4) protein was also examined by immunoblotting method in experimental rat heart after three weeks of diabetes induction. Diabetic rats showed high blood glucose levels. Activity of Na+/K+ ATPase decreased in diabetic liver and heart. However, kidney showed a significant increase in Na+/K+ ATPase activity. Diabetic rats exhibited an increased level of lipid peroxidation and decreased membrane fluidity. GLUT4 distribution was also significantly lowered in heart of alloxan diabetic rats. Treatment of diabetic rats with insulin, TSP, vanadate and a combined therapy of lower dose of vanadate with TSP revived normoglycemia and restored the altered level of Na+/K+ ATPase, lipid peroxidation and membrane fluidity and also induced the redistribution of GLUT4 transporter. TSP treatment alone is partially effective in restoring the above diabetes-induced alterations. Combined therapy of vanadate and TSP was the most effective in normalization of altered membrane linked functions and GLUT4 distribution without any harmful side effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Alloxan diabetes
  • Glucose transporter isoform GLUT4
  • Na/K ATPase
  • Sodium orthovanadate (SOV)
  • Trigonella foenum graecum seed powder (TSP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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