In a cell-type specific manner, high-affinity GABA-A receptors participate in autocrine and paracrine GABA signaling in human pancreatic islets
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γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), best known as the classical inhibitory neurotransmitter, is also produced and released by pancreatic islet cells. The hormone secreting α, β and δ- cells in human islets express GABA-A receptors that are activated by GABA. GABA signaling in the islets is thought to regulate hormone secretion but how it comes about is unclear. To-date the interstitial GABA concentration and cell-type specific GABA-A receptors have not been characterized. As a consequence, it is not clear how the interstitial GABA in the intact human islet regulates the specific cell-types. We have set- up single-cell RT-PCR combined whole-cell patch-clamp to investigate the functional role of GABA-A receptors in identified cell within intact human islets. GABA-activated tonic current is present in all α, β and δ-cells whereas only the δ-cells respond to GABA with large, transient currents. High-affinity GABA-A receptors activated with interstitial concentrations lower than 10 nM GABA are expressed in both α and β-cells. In the β- cells different subtypes of GABA-A receptors were identified based on single-channel kinetics, current-voltage relation and pharmacology. The data provides insight into the mechanisms underlying GABA regulation of different cell-types in intact human islet.
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Physiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-209530DiVA: diva2:658346