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Loss of coupling between calcium influx, energy consumption and insulin secretion associated with development of hyperglycaemia in the UCD-T2DM rat model of type 2 diabetes.

  • Author(s): Rountree, AM
  • Reed, BJ
  • Cummings, BP
  • Jung, S-R
  • Stanhope, KL
  • Graham, JL
  • Griffen, SC
  • Hull, RL
  • Havel, PJ
  • Sweet, IR
  • et al.

AIMS/HYPOTHESIS:Previous studies on isolated islets have demonstrated tight coupling between calcium (Ca(2+)) influx and oxygen consumption rate (OCR) that is correlated with insulin secretion rate (ISR). To explain these observations, we have proposed a mechanism whereby the activation of a highly energetic process (Ca(2+)/metabolic coupling process [CMCP]) by Ca(2+) mediates the stimulation of ISR. The aim of the study was to test whether impairment of the CMCP could play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. METHODS:Glucose- and Ca(2+)-mediated changes in OCR and ISR in isolated islets were compared with the time course of changes of plasma insulin concentrations observed during the progression to hyperglycaemia in a rat model of type-2 diabetes (the University of California at Davis type 2 diabetes mellitus [UCD-T2DM] rat). Islets were isolated from UCD-T2DM rats before, 1 week, and 3 weeks after the onset of hyperglycaemia. RESULTS:Glucose stimulation of cytosolic Ca(2+) and OCR was similar for islets harvested before and 1 week after the onset of hyperglycaemia. In contrast, a loss of decrement in islet OCR and ISR in response to Ca(2+) channel blockade coincided with decreased fasting plasma insulin concentrations observed in rats 3 weeks after the onset of hyperglycaemia. CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION:These results suggest that phenotypic impairment of diabetic islets in the UCD-T2DM rat is downstream of Ca(2+) influx and involves unregulated stimulation of the CMCP. The continuously elevated levels of CMCP induced by chronic hyperglycaemia in these islets may mediate the loss of islet function.

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