Jonathan S Bogan MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and of Cell Biology

Research Interests

Protein trafficking; Ubiquitin-like modification; Cell structure; Insulin signaling; Type 2 diabetes; Metabolic diseases


Research Summary

Dr. Bogan’s research seeks to understand how glucose uptake is regulated in fat and muscle cells. In these cell types, insulin causes glucose transporters to move from internal membranes to the cell surface. Glucose is then transported into the cells, and is removed from the bloodstream. The regulation of this process is defective in insulin-resistant states such as type 2 diabetes. Dr. Bogan’s laboratory identified regulated proteolytic cleavage as a novel biochemical mechanism to control glucose transporter movement. Current efforts are focused on characterizing this mechanism in detail, and on determining how this pathway controls metabolism and physiology.




Extensive Research Description

Dr. Bogan’s laboratory studies molecular mechanisms controlling GLUT4 glucose transporter targeting in adipose and muscle cells. In cell types, insulin stimulates glucose uptake by translocating GLUT4 from intracellular membranes to the cell surface. Understanding how this occurs has been a longstanding puzzle. Dr. Bogan and his coworkers identified a protein complex that sequesters GLUT4 in nonendosomal, intracellular vesicles in the absence of insulin. Insulin then acts on this complex to mobilize GLUT4 to the cell surface. This action is coordinated with other insulin signals that act on GTPases to direct vesicle targeting. Current work is directed to understand the biochemical mechanisms involved in this response, including phosphorylation, GTPase signaling, and ubiquitin-like modification pathways.

Much current work in the laboratory focuses on a proteolytic mechanism that regulates glucose uptake in fat and muscle. Previous work identified the TUG protein as a critical regulator of GLUT4 targeting, which limits cell-surface GLUT4 and glucose uptake in cells not stimulated with insulin. TUG traps GLUT4 in non-endosomal vesicles, bound at the Golgi matrix, and insulin triggers endoproteolytic cleavage of TUG to liberate these vesicles for translocation to the cell surface. GLUT4 and other vesicle cargos are then maintained at the cell surface by cycling through endosomes, and they bypass a TUG-regulated compartment until insulin signaling is terminated, and the cargos are re-sequestered. This arrangement obviates the need for ongoing TUG cleavage during sustained insulin exposure. TUG cleavage generates a product that functions as a novel ubiquitin-like protein modifier, implicating new enzymatic activities in insulin action. In mice, this proteolytic pathway controls glucose metabolism and energy expenditure, and data imply that vesicle cargos other than GLUT4 may contribute to the regulation of vasopressin action and lipid metabolism. Thus, regulated TUG cleavage and vesicle translocation may coordinate distinct physiologic outputs, and dysregulation of this pathway may contribute to multiple aspects of the metabolic syndrome.

The pathway that is utilized by GLUT4 is likely one instance of a general pathway to regulate the cell surface targeting of membrane proteins in response to extracellular stimuli. Work on GLUT4 targeting may thus have far-reaching implications for a wide range of physiology. In addition, this regulated pathway is likely a cell type-specific adaptation of a fundamental trafficking pathway present in most cells. Current work will elucidate this pathway and how it is adapted to control GLUT4, using a combination of biochemical and cell biological approaches, genetically engineered mice, and studies of organism-level metabolism and physiology.


Selected Publications

  • Belman JP, Habtemichael EN, and Bogan JS. A proteolytic pathway that controls glucose uptake in fat and muscle. Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders 2014; 15:55–66.
  • Löffler MG, Birkenfeld AL, Philbrick KM, Belman JP, Habtemichael EN, Booth CJ, Castorena CM, Choi CS, Jornayvaz FR, Lee H-Y, Cartee GD, Booth CJ, Philbrick WP, Shulman GI, Samuel VT, and Bogan JS. Enhanced fasting glucose turnover in mice with disrupted TUG action in skeletal muscle. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2013; 288:20135-20150.
  • Bogan JS, Rubin BR, Yu C, Löffler MG, Orme CM, Belman JP, McNally LJ, Hao M, and Cresswell JC. Endoproteolytic Cleavage of TUG Protein Regulates GLUT4 Glucose Transporter Translocation. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2012; 287:23932-23947.
  • Bogan JS. Regulation of Glucose Transporter Translocation in Health and Diabetes. Annual Review of Biochemistry 2012; 81:507–32.
  • Orme CM and Bogan JS. The Ubiquitin Regulatory X (UBX) Domain-containing Protein TUG Regulates the p97 ATPase and Resides at the Endoplasmic Reticulum–Golgi Intermediate Compartment. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2012; 287:6679-6692.
  • Xu Y, Rubin BR, Orme CM, Karpikov A, Yu C, Bogan JS*, and Toomre D* (*equal contribution; co-corresponding authors). Dual-Mode of Insulin Action Controls GLUT4 Vesicle Exocytosis. Journal of Cell Biology 2011; 193:643–653.
  • Yu C, Cresswell J, Löffler MG, and Bogan JS. The Glucose Transporter 4-regulating Protein TUG Is Essential for Highly Insulin-responsive Glucose Uptake in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2007; 282:7710-7722.

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