Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 2517–2528

β-Arrestins: multifunctional signaling adaptors in type 2 diabetes



β-Arrestins are not only well-known negative regulators of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling, but also important adaptors in modulating the strength and duration of cellular signaling by scaffolding and interacting with a lot of cytoplasmic proteins. While β-arrestins are rather well described signal-mediated molecules, they are not generally associated with insulin signaling. But recent work has confirmed the difference from original thought. The current review aims to explore the emerging roles for β-arrestins in regulating insulin action, inflammatory signal pathway and other cellular signaling which are associated with type 2 diabetes.


β-Arrestin Signal transduction Insulin resistance Lipotoxicity Type 2 diabetes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Chinese Integrative Medicine, Huashan HospitalFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Institute of Integrated Medicine in Clinic, Shanghai Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yueyang Integrative Medicine HospitalShanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine UniversityShanghaiChina

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