• Title Professor
  • Education PhD: Bakh Institute of Biochemistry, Moscow, Russia
  • Office K120D
  • Phone 617-358-4239
  • Area of Interest fat cell biology

Adipocytes, skeletal myocytes and some neurons express a specific isoform of the glucose transporter protein, Glut4. Under basal conditions this transporter is localized in intracellular membrane vesicles which fuse with the plasma membrane upon insulin administration. Translocation of Glut4 plays a major role in post-prandial glucose clearance and, more generally, in glucose sensing and metabolic homeostasis in the body. For a number of years, my lab has been involved in the dissection of the “Glut4 pathway” in various insulin-sensitive cells.

Another key physiological function of insulin is to inhibit lipolysis and to promote storage of triglycerides in fat tissue. Recently, we have discovered two novel pathways of regulation of lipolysis by insulin. One of these pathways is mediated by the insulin- and nutrient-sensitive mammalian Target of Rapamycin Complex 1, while the other is mediated by the transcription factor FoxO1. Currently, we are engaged in the dissection of both pathways at the molecular level.

Fat represents an important secretory tissue in the body. Unlike typical endocrine and exocrine cells, adipocytes produce and secret several physiologically important proteins, such as leptin, adiponectin, lipoprotein lipase, etc. and switch the secretory process from one protein to another in response to changing metabolic conditions. We are exploring connections between food intake, obesity and secretion of adipokines in order to understand the central role of fat tissue in the orchestrating the overall response of the organism to changing metabolic conditions.


Anatoli Meriin – Instructor
Omar Mohtar – Graduate Student (MD-PhD program)
Cafer Ozdemir – Postdoctoral Associate
Xiang Pan – Postdoctoral Associate
Nava Zaarur – Postdoctoral Associate

  1. Kandror KV. Mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 and FoxO1 in the transcriptional control of lipolysis and de novo lipogenesis. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2017 Oct; 24(5):326-331. PMID: 28841634.
  2. Pan X, Zaarur N, Singh M, Morin P, Kandror KV. Sortilin and retromer mediate retrograde transport of Glut4 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Mol Biol Cell. 2017 Jun 15; 28(12):1667-1675.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28450454
  3. Chakrabarti P, Kandror KV. The role of mTOR in lipid homeostasis and diabetes progression. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2015 Oct; 22(5):340-6. PMID: 26241026. View in: PubMed
  4. Singh M, Shin YK, Yang X, Zehr B, Chakrabarti P, Kandror KV. 4E-BPs Control Fat Storage by Regulating the Expression of Egr1 and ATGL. J Biol Chem. 2015 Jul 10; 290(28):17331-8. PMID: 25814662. View in: PubMed
  5. Singh M, Kaur R, Lee MJ, Pickering RT, Sharma VM, Puri V, Kandror KV. Fat-specific protein 27 inhibits lipolysis by facilitating the inhibitory effect of transcription factor Egr1 on transcription of adipose triglyceride lipase. J Biol Chem. 2014 May 23; 289(21):14481-7. PMID: 24742676.
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  6. Huang G, Buckler-Pena D, Nauta T, Singh M, Asmar A, Shi J, Kim JY, Kandror KV. Insulin responsiveness of glucose transporter 4 in 3T3-L1 cells depends on the presence of sortilin. Mol Biol Cell. 2013 Oct; 24(19):3115-22. PMID: 23966466. View in: PubMed
  7. Chakrabarti P, Kim JY, Singh M, Shin YK, Kim J, Kumbrink J, Wu Y, Lee MJ, Kirsch KH, Fried SK, Kandror KV. Insulin inhibits lipolysis in adipocytes via the evolutionarily conserved mTORC1-Egr1-ATGL-mediated pathway. Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Sep; 33(18):3659-66. PMID: 23858058. View in: PubMed
  8. Kim JY, Kandror KV. The first luminal loop confers insulin responsiveness to glucose transporter 4. Mol Biol Cell. 2012 Mar; 23(5):910-7. PMID: 22262463. View in: PubMed
  9. Karki S, Chakrabarti P, Huang G, Wang H, Farmer SR, Kandror KV. The multi-level action of fatty acids on adiponectin production by fat cells. PLoS One. 2011; 6(11):e28146. PMID: 22140527. View in: PubMed
  10. Chakrabarti P, English T, Karki S, Qiang L, Tao R, Kim J, Luo Z, Farmer SR, Kandror KV. SIRT1 controls lipolysis in adipocytes via FOXO1-mediated expression of ATGL. J Lipid Res. 2011 Sep; 52(9):1693-701. PMID: 21743036. View in: PubMed

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