Differential phosphorylation at Ser473 and Thr308 of Akt-1 in rat brain following hypoglycemic coma

Brain Res. 2000 Sep 8;876(1-2):191-5. doi: 10.1016/s0006-8993(00)02618-4.


We analyzed both total Akt-1 and phosphorylation of Akt-1 at residues Ser473 and Thr308 (phospho-Akt-1(Ser474) and phospho-Akt-1(Thr308), respectively) in the outer and inner layers of cortex following 30 min of hypoglycemic coma by Western blot analyses and confocal microscopy. The total amount of Akt-1 was not altered in any area examined. Phospho-Akt-1(Ser474), however, increased significantly in both layers of cortex at 0 and 30 min of recovery, but returned to control level at 3 h of recovery. In the vulnerable area (outer layer of cortex), no upregulation of phospho-Akt-1(Thr308) was observed at any time points examined. In the resistant area like inner layer of cortex, however, phospho-Akt-1(Thr308) was significantly over the control level at 3 h of recovery. Confocal microscopy result indicates that most of phospho-Akt-1(Thr308) had already moved into nucleus at 3 h of recovery. Our results suggest that Akt-1, when phosphorylated at Thr308, may play a protective role for neurons in the resistant regions of the brain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence / genetics
  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Coma / etiology*
  • Coma / metabolism*
  • Hypoglycemia / complications*
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics*
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Time Factors
  • Tissue Distribution


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Akt1 protein, rat
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt