Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cell is electrically excitable and changes in the membrane potential play an important role in coupling the metabolism of glucose (and other nutrient secretagogues) to the discharge of the insulin-containing granule. The application of the patch-clamp technique, which permits the recordings of the minute currents associated with the opening of individual ion channels, to pancreatic islet cells has revolutionized our understanding of the beta cell electrophysiology. Here we review some of the recent progress in the field. The properties of functionally important ion channels are described and their possible roles are discussed.


Conference paper

Publication Date





138 - 145


Adenosine Triphosphate, Animals, Calcium Channels, Electric Conductivity, Insulin, Insulin Secretion, Ion Channels, Islets of Langerhans, Membrane Potentials, Potassium Channels