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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1987 Feb 18;927(2):190-5.

Glucose-induced changes in cytosolic ATP content in pancreatic islets.


The cytosolic and mitochondrial contents in ATP, ADP and AMP were measured in islets incubated for 45 min at increasing concentrations of D-glucose and then exposed for 20 s to digitonin. The latter treatment failed to affect the total islet ATP/ADP ratio and adenylate charge. D-Glucose caused a much greater increase in cytosolic than mitochondrial ATP/ADP ratio. In the cytosol, a sigmoidal pattern characterized the changes in ATP/ADP ratio at increasing concentrations of D-glucose. These findings are compatible with the view that cytosolic ATP participates in the coupling of metabolic to ionic events in the process of nutrient-induced insulin release.

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