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Mol Endocrinol. 2003 Apr;17(4):732-42. Epub 2003 Jan 16.

Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion is coupled to the interaction of actin with the t-SNARE (target membrane soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor protein) complex.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Diabetes Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, USA.


The actin monomer sequestering agent latrunculin B depolymerized beta-cell cortical actin, which resulted in increased glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in both cultured MIN6 beta-cells and isolated rat islet cells. In perifused islets, latrunculin B treatment increased both first- and second-phase glucose-stimulated insulin secretion without any significant effect on total insulin content. This increase in secretion was independent of calcium regulation because latrunculin B also potentiated calcium-stimulated insulin secretion in permeabilized MIN6 cells. Confocal immunofluorescent microscopy revealed a redistribution of insulin granules to the cell periphery in response to glucose or latrunculin B, which correlated with a reduction in phalloidin staining of cortical actin. Moreover, the t-SNARE [target membrane soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein (SNAP) receptor] proteins Syntaxin 1 and SNAP-25 coimmunoprecipitated polymerized actin from unstimulated MIN6 cells. Glucose stimulation transiently decreased the amount of actin coimmunoprecipitated with Syntaxin 1 and SNAP-25, and latrunculin B treatment fully ablated the coimmunoprecipitation. In contrast, the actin stabilizing agent jasplakinolide increased the amount of actin coimmunoprecipitated with the t-SNARE complex and prevented its dissociation upon glucose stimulation. These data suggest a mechanism whereby glucose modulates beta-cell cortical actin organization and disrupts the interaction of polymerized actin with the plasma membrane t-SNARE complex at a distal regulatory step in the exocytosis of insulin granules.

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