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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Reduced Insulin Secretion in Protein Malnourished Mice Is Associated with Multiple Changes in the beta-Cell Stimulus-Secretion Coupling|
|Abstract:||The mechanism by which protein malnutrition impairs glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in the pancreatic beta-cell is not completely known but may be related to alterations in the signaling events involved in insulin release. Here, we aimed to study the stimulus-secretion coupling of beta-cells from mice fed with low-protein (LP) diet or normal-protein (NP) diet for 8 wk after weaning. Patch-clamp measurements in isolated cells showed that beta-cells from LP mice had a resting membrane potential that was more hyperpolarized than controls. Additionally, depolarization and generation of action potentials in response to stimulatory glucose concentrations were also impaired in beta-cells of LP mice. All these alterations in the LP group were most likely attributed to higher ATP-dependent K(+) (K(ATP)) channel activity in resting conditions and lower efficiency of glucose to induce the closure of these channels. Moreover, a Western blot analysis revealed higher protein levels of the sulphonylurea receptor of the K(ATP) channel in islets of LP mice. Because beta-cell Ca(2+) signals depend on electrical activity, intracellular Ca(2+) oscillations were measured by fluorescence microscopy in intact islets, indicating a lower response to glucose in the LP group. Finally, cell-to-cell synchrony of Ca(2+) signals was analyzed by confocal microscopy. Islets from LP mice exhibited a decreased level of coupling among beta-cells, which was probably due to the low expression levels of connexin 36. Therefore, low-protein diet leads to several alterations in the stimulus-secretion coupling of pancreatic beta-cells that might explain the diminished insulin secretion in response to glucose in this malnutrition state. (Endocrinology 151: 3543-3554, 2010)|
|Citation:||Endocrinology. Endocrine Soc, v. 151, n. 8, n. 3543, n. 3554, 2010.|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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