Tight coupling between glucose and mitochondrial metabolism in clonal beta-cells is required for robust insulin secretion.

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The biochemical mechanisms underlying glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from pancreatic beta-cells are not completely understood. To identify metabolic disturbances in beta-cells that impair glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, we compared two INS-1-derived clonal beta-cell lines, which are glucose-responsive (832/13) or glucose-unresponsive (832/2). We found that despite a marked impairment of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, 832/2 cells exhibited a higher rate of glycolysis. Still, no glucose-induced increases in respiratory rate, ATP production or respiratory chain complex I, III and IV activities were seen in the 832/2 cells. Instead, 832/2 cells, which expressed lactate dehydrogenase, released lactate regardless of ambient glucose concentrations. In contrast, the glucose-responsive 832/13 line lacked lactate dehydrogenase and did not produce lactate. Accordingly, in 832/2 cells mRNA expression of genes for glycolytic enzymes were up-regulated, whereas mitochondria-related genes were down-regulated. In human islets, mRNA expression of genes such as lactate dehydrogenase A and hexokinase I correlated positively with long-term glucose homeostasis reflected by HbA1c levels, while that of Slc2a2 (GLUT2) correlated negatively with Hb1Ac. We conclude that tight metabolic regulation enhancing mitochondrial metabolism and restricting glycolysis in 832/13 cells is required for clonal beta-cells to secrete insulin robustly in response to glucose. Moreover, a similar expression pattern of genes controlling glycolytic and mitochondrial metabolism in clonal beta-cells and human islets was observed, suggesting that a similar prioritization of mitochondrial metabolism is required in healthy human beta-cells. The 832 beta-cell lines may be helpful tools to resolve metabolic perturbations occurring in Type 2 Diabetes.


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  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Neurosciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32395-32404
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Neuronal Survival (013212041), Brain Repair and Imaging in Neural Systems (BRAINS) (013212027), Molecular Metabolism (013212001), Diabetes and Endocrinology (013241530), Molecular Metabolism (013244000)

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Malmgren, S., 2012, Units of Epigenetics and Diabetes and Molecular Metabolism, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö. 162 p.

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