Ca2+ transport in pancreatic βcells during glucose stimulation of insulin secretion

Bo Hellman, Erik Gylfe, Per Olof Berggren, Tommy Andersson, Håkan Abrahamsson, Patrik Rorsman, Christer Betsholtz

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The role of Ca2+ in the regulation of insulin secretion was evaluated using βcell-rich pancreatic islets isolated from ob/ob-mice. The glucose stimulation of the secretory activity is supposed to result from accumulation of Ca2+ in the submembrane cytoplasmic space. It is likely that this process reflects the balance between increased entry of Ca2+ into the βcells and an enhanced sequestration of Ca2+ in the organelle sinks. The proposed model can explain the cAMP potentiation of glucose-stimulated insulin release with suppression of the mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake. Furthermore, differences in the Ca2+ buffering capacity of the secretory granules may account for other characteristic features of glucose-stimulated insulin release, in particular its biphasic nature and sensitivity to suppression on withdrawal of nutrients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalUpsala Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1980

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