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The effects of galanin and somatostatin on insulin release, membrane potential, and cytoplasmic free Ca2+ concentration [( Ca2+]i) were investigated using beta-cells isolated from obese hyperglycemic mice. Whereas insulin release was measured in a column perifusion system, membrane potential and [Ca2+]i were measured with the fluorescent indicators bisoxonol (bis-(1,3-diethylthiobarbiturate)trimethineoxonol) and quin 2, in cell suspensions in a cuvette. Galanin (16 nM) and somatostatin (400 nM) suppressed glucose-stimulated insulin release in parallel to promoting repolarization and a reduction in [Ca2+]i. The reduction in [Ca2+]i comprised an initial nadir followed by a slow rise and the establishment of a new steady state level. The slow rise in [Ca2+]i was abolished by 50 microM D-600, a blocker of voltage-activated Ca2+ channels. Both peptides suppressed insulin release even when [Ca2+]i was raised by 25 mM K+. Under these conditions the inhibition of insulin release was partly reversed by an increase in the glucose concentration. Addition of 5 mM Ca2+ to a cell suspension, incubated in the presence of 20 mM glucose and either galanin, somatostatin, or the alpha 2-adrenergic agonist clonidine (10 nM), induced oscillations in [Ca2+]i, this effect disappearing subsequent to the addition of D-600. The effects of galanin, somatostatin, and clonidine on [Ca2+]i were abolished in beta-cells treated with pertussis toxin. In accordance with measurements of [Ca2+]i, treatment with pertussis toxin reversed the inhibitory effect of galanin on insulin release. The inhibitory action of galanin and somatostatin on insulin release is probably accounted for by not only a repolarization-induced reduction in [Ca2+]i and a decreased sensitivity of the secretory machinery to Ca2+, but also by a direct interaction with the exocytotic process. It is proposed that these effects are mediated by a pertussis toxin-sensitive GTP-binding protein.


Journal article


J Biol Chem

Publication Date





973 - 980


Animals, Calcium, Cell Membrane, Female, GTP-Binding Proteins, Galanin, Gallopamil, Glucose, Hyperglycemia, In Vitro Techniques, Insulin, Insulin Secretion, Islets of Langerhans, Kinetics, Male, Membrane Potentials, Mice, Mice, Obese, Neuropeptides, Peptides, Potassium, Somatostatin