Munc-18-interacting (Mint) proteins are adaptors involved in regulation of synaptic vesicle exocytosis. We have investigated expression and cellular localization of Mint1 in pancreatic islets with special reference to insulin-secreting β-cells. Western blotting showed that Mint1 was expressed in hamster (HIT-T15) and rat (RINm5F) β-cell lines. Mint1 immunoreactivity was preferentially localized to the periphery of individual islet cells. RT-PCR analysis revealed that apart from Mint1, RINm5F cells and rat islets also transcribed the mRNAs for Mint2 and Mint3. Expression of Mint proteins in pancreatic β-cells suggests a functional role for these proteins in insulin granule exocytosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|State||Published - Jul 30 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology