Palmitate-induced beta-cell dysfunction is associated with excessive NO pro-duction and is reversed by thiazolidinedione-mediated inhibition of GPR40 transduction mechanisms

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Background: Type 2 diabetes often displays hyperlipidemia. We examined palmitate effects on pancreatic islet function in relation to FFA receptor GPR40, NO generation, insulin release, and the PPARgama agonistic thiazolidinedione, rosiglitazone. Principal findings: Rosiglitazone suppressed acute palmitate-stimulated GPR40-transduced PI hydrolysis in HEK293 cells and insulin release from MIN6c cells and mouse islets. Culturing islets 24 h with palmitate at 5 mmol/l glucose induced beta-cell iNOS expression as revealed by confocal microscopy and in-creased the activities of ncNOS and iNOS associated with suppression of glucose-stimulated insulin response. Rosiglitazone reversed these effects. The expression of iNOS after high-glucose culturing was unaffected by rosiglitazone. Downregulation of GPR40 by antisense treatment abrogated GPR40 expression and suppressed palmitate-induced iNOS activity and insulin release. Conclusion: We conclude that, in addition to mediating acute FFA-stimulated insulin release, GPR40 is an important regulator of iNOS expression and dysfunctional insulin release during long-term exposure to FFA. The adverse effects of palmitate were counteracted by rosiglitazone at GPR40, suggesting that thiazolidinediones are beneficial for beta-cell function in hyperlipidemic type 2 diabetes.


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  • Medical and Health Sciences


  • inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), neural constitutive nitric ox-ide synthase (ncNOS), GPR40, palmitate, glucose-stimulated insulin release
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publication or newspaperPLoS ONE
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryPopular science