The highly expressed calcium-insensitive synaptotagmin-11 and synaptotagmin-13 modulate insulin secretion

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AIM: SYT11 and SYT13, two calcium-insensitive synaptotagmins, are downregulated in islets from type-2 diabetic donors, but their function in insulin secretion is unknown. To address this, we investigated the physiological role of these two synaptotagmins in insulin secreting cells.

METHODS: Correlations between gene expression levels were performed using previously described RNA-seq data on islets from 188 human donors. SiRNA knockdown was performed in EndoC-βH1 and INS-1 832/13 cells. Insulin secretion was measured with ELISA. Patch clamp was used for single cell electrophysiology. Confocal microscopy was used to determine intra-cellular localization.

RESULTS: Human islet expression of the transcription factor PDX-1 was positively correlated with SYT11 (p = 2.4e -10 ) and SYT13 (p<2.2 e -16 ). Syt11 and Syt13 both co-localized with insulin, indicating their localization in insulin granules. Downregulation of Syt11 in INS-1 832/13 cells (siSYT11) resulted in increased basal and glucose-induced insulin secretion. Downregulation of Syt13 (siSYT13) decreased insulin secretion induced by glucose and K + .Interestingly, the cAMP raising agent forskolin was unable to enhance insulin secretion in siSYT13 cells. There was no difference in insulin content, exocytosis, or voltage-gated Ca 2+ currents in the two models. Double knockdown of Syt11 and Syt13 (DKD) resembled the results in siSYT13 cells.

CONCLUSION: SYT11 and SYT13 have similar localization and transcriptional regulation but they regulate insulin secretion differentially. While downregulation of SYT11 might be a compensatory mechanism in type-2 diabetes, downregulation of SYT13 reduces the insulin secretory response and overrules the compensatory regulation of SYT11 in a way that could aggravate the disease.

Sidor (från-till)e13857
TidskriftActa Physiologica
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

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  • Endokrinologi och diabetes


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