PKC-dependent stimulation of exocytosis by sulfonylureas in pancreatic β cells

Lena Eliasson, Erik Renström, Carina Ämmälä, Per Olof Berggren, Alejandro M. Bertorello, Krister Bokvist, Alexander Chibalin, Jude T. Deeney, Peter R. Flatt, Jakob Gäbel, Jesper Gromada, Olof Larsson, Per Lindström, Christopher J. Rhodes, Patrik Rorsman

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Hypoglycemic sulfonylureas represent a group of clinically useful antidiabetic compounds that stimulate insulin secretion from pancreatic β cells. The molecular mechanisms involved are not fully understood but are believed to involve inhibition of potassium channels sensitive to adenosine triphosphate (K(ATP) channels) in the β cell membrane, causing membrane depolarization, calcium influx, and activation of the secretory machinery. In addition to these effects, sulfonylureas also promoted exocytosis by direct interaction with the secretory machinery not involving closure of the plasma membrane K(ATP) channels. This effect was dependent on protein kinase C (PKC) and was observed at therapeutic concentrations of sulfonylureas, which suggests that it contributes to their hypoglycemic action in diabetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-815
Number of pages3
Issue number5250
StatePublished - Feb 9 1996
Externally publishedYes

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