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Synaptotagmin 4 Regulates Pancreatic β Cell Maturation by Modulating the Ca2+ Sensitivity of Insulin Secretion Vesicles.

Developmental cell | May 7, 2018

Islet β cells from newborn mammals exhibit high basal insulin secretion and poor glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). Here we show that β cells of newborns secrete more insulin than adults in response to similar intracellular Ca2+ concentrations, suggesting differences in the Ca2+ sensitivity of insulin secretion. Synaptotagmin 4 (Syt4), a non-Ca2+ binding paralog of the β cell Ca2+ sensor Syt7, increased by ∼8-fold during β cell maturation. Syt4 ablation increased basal insulin secretion and compromised GSIS. Precocious Syt4 expression repressed basal insulin secretion but also impaired islet morphogenesis and GSIS. Syt4 was localized on insulin granules and Syt4 levels inversely related to the number of readily releasable vesicles. Thus, transcriptional regulation of Syt4 affects insulin secretion; Syt4 expression is regulated in part by Myt transcription factors, which repress Syt4 transcription. Finally, human SYT4 regulated GSIS in EndoC-βH1 cells, a human β cell line. These findings reveal the role that altered Ca2+ sensing plays in regulating β cell maturation.

Pubmed ID: 29656931 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Animals | Biological Transport | Calcium | Cell Differentiation | Female | Gene Expression Regulation | Glucose | Humans | Hypoglycemic Agents | Insulin | Insulin-Secreting Cells | Male | Mice | Mice, Knockout | Sweetening Agents | Synaptotagmins

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Associated grants

  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: P30 DK019525
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: R01 DK050203
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: R01 DK090570
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: R01 DK097392

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