Activates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Promotes ligand-independent activation of the insulin receptor.1 Promotes skeletal muscle autophagy via activation of FoxO3a.2 Controls smooth muscle cell hyperproliferation in vascular disease.3 Induces osteogenic differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells.4 Inhibits proinflammatory response in glial cells.5 Cell permeable.
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