Pancreatic b-cell response to increased metabolic demand and to pharmacologic secretagogues requires epac2a

Woo Jin Song, Prosenjit Mondal, Yuanyuan Li, Suh Eun Lee, Mehboob A. Hussain

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Incretin hormone action on β-cells stimulates in parallel two different intracellular cyclic AMP-dependent signaling branches mediated by protein kinase A and exchange protein activated by cAMP islet/brain isoform 2A (EPAC2A). Both pathways contribute toward potentiation of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). However, the overall functional role of EPAC2A in b-cells as it relates to in vivo glucose homeostasis remains incompletely understood. Therefore, we have examined in vivo GSIS in global EPAC2A knockout mice. Additionally, we have conducted in vitro studies of GSIS and calcium dynamics in isolated EPAC2Adeficient islets. EPAC2A deficiency does not impact GSIS in mice under basal conditions. However, when mice are exposed to dietinduced insulin resistance, pharmacologic secretagogue stimulation of b-cells with an incretin hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 analog or with a fatty acid receptor 1/G protein-coupled receptor 40 selective activator, EPAC2A is required for the increased b-cell response to secretory demand. Under these circumstances, EPAC2A is required for potentiating the early dynamic increase in islet calcium levels after glucose stimulation, which is reflected in potentiated first-phase insulin secretion. These studies broaden our understanding of EPAC2A function and highlight its significance during increased secretory demand or drive on b-cells. Our findings advance the rationale for developing EPAC2A-selective pharmacologic activators for b-cell-targeted pharmacotherapy in type 2 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2796-2807
Number of pages12
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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