Inhibitory effect of kisspeptins on insulin secretion from isolated mouse islets.

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Islet hormone secretion is regulated by a variety of factors, and many of these signal through G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). A novel islet GPCR is GPR54, which couples to the Gq isoform of G proteins, which in turn signal through the phospholipase C pathway. Ligands for GPR54 are kisspeptins, which are peptides encoded in the KISS1 gene and also expressed in islet beta-cells. The KISS1 gene encodes a hydrophobic 145-amino acid protein that is cleaved into a 54-amino acid protein, kisspeptin-54 or KP54. Shorter kisspeptins also exist, such as kisspeptin-10 (KP10) and kisspeptin-13 (KP13). The involvement of GPR54 and kisspeptins in the regulation of islet function is not known. To address this problem, we incubated isolated mouse islets in the presence of KP13 and KP54 for 60 min and measured insulin secretion. We found that both KP13 and KP54 at 10 nM, 100 nM and 1microM inhibited insulin secretion in the presence of 2.8 mM glucose. However, by increasing the glucose concentration, this inhibitory action of the kisspeptins vanished. Thus, at 11.1 mM glucose, KP13 and KP54 inhibited insulin secretion only at high doses, and at 16.7 mM they no longer inhibited insulin secretion in any of the doses. We conclude that kisspeptins inhibit insulin secretion at glucose concentrations below 11.1 mM. This suggests that kisspeptins are regulating insulin secretion at physiological concentrations of glucose. The mechanisms by which kisspeptins regulate islet function and insulin secretion are unknown and will be further investigated.


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  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-201
JournalDiabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
Volume11 Suppl 4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch