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  • 1. Hoivik, Erling A.
    et al.
    Witsoe, Solveig L.
    Bergheim, Inger R.
    Xu, Yunjian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Jakobsson, Ida
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Tengholm, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Doskeland, Stein Ove
    Bakke, Marit
    DNA Methylation of Alternative Promoters Directs Tissue Specific Expression of Epac2 Isoforms2013In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 8, no 7, p. e67925-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Epac 1 and Epac 2 (Epac1/2; exchange factors directly activated by cAMP) are multidomain proteins that mediate cellular responses upon activation by the signaling molecule cAMP. Epac1 is ubiquitously expressed, whereas Epac2 exhibits a restricted expression pattern. The gene encoding Epac2 gives rise to at least three protein isoforms (Epac2A, Epac2B and Epac2C) that exhibit confined tissue and cell specific expression profiles. Here, we describe alternative promoter usage for the different isoforms of Epac2, and demonstrate that the activity of these promoters depend on the DNA methylation status. Bisulfite sequencing demonstrated that the level of methylation of the promoters in different tissues correlates with Epac2 isoform expression. The presented data indicate that the tissue-specific expression of the Epac2 isoforms is epigenetically regulated, and identify tissue-specific differentially methylated promoter regions within the Epac2 locus that are essential for its transcriptional control.

  • 2.
    Idevall-Hagren, Olof
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Jakobsson, Ida
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Xu, Yunjian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Tengholm, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Spatial Control of Epac2 Activity by cAMP and Ca2+-Mediated Activation of Ras in Pancreatic beta Cells2013In: Science Signaling, ISSN 1945-0877, E-ISSN 1937-9145, Vol. 6, no 273, p. ra29-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The cAMP (adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate)-activated guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) Epac2 is an important mediator of cAMP-dependent processes in multiple cell types. We used real-time confocal and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to examine the spatiotemporal regulation of Epac2, which is a GEF for the guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) Rap. We demonstrated that increases in the concentration of cAMP triggered the translocation of Epac2 from the cytoplasm to the plasma membrane in insulin-secreting beta cells. Glucose-induced oscillations of the submembrane concentration of cAMP were associated with cyclic translocation of Epac2, and this translocation could be amplified by increases in the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration. Analyses of Epac2 mutants identified the high-affinity cAMP-binding and the Ras association domains as crucial for the translocation. Expression of a dominant-negative Ras mutant reduced Epac2 translocation, and Ca2+-dependent oscillations in Ras activity synchronized with Epac2 translocation in single beta cells. The cyclic translocation of Epac2 was accompanied by oscillations of Rap GTPase activity at the plasma membrane, and expression of an inactive Rap1B mutant decreased insulin secretion. Thus, Epac2 localization is dynamically controlled by cAMP as well as by Ca2+-mediated activation of Ras. These results help to explain how oscillating signals can produce pulses of insulin release from pancreatic b cells.

  • 3.
    Shuai, Hongyan
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Xu, Yunjian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Yu, Qian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Gylfe, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Tengholm, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Fluorescent protein vectors for pancreatic islet cell identification in live-cell imaging2016In: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology, ISSN 0031-6768, E-ISSN 1432-2013, Vol. 468, no 10, p. 1765-1777Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The islets of Langerhans contain different types of endocrine cells, which are crucial for glucose homeostasis. beta- and alpha-cells that release insulin and glucagon, respectively, are most abundant, whereas somatostatin-producing delta-cells and particularly pancreatic polypeptide-releasing PP-cells are more scarce. Studies of islet cell function are hampered by difficulties to identify the different cell types, especially in live-cell imaging experiments when immunostaining is unsuitable. The aim of the present study was to create a set of vectors for fluorescent protein expression with cell-type-specific promoters and evaluate their applicability in functional islet imaging. We constructed six adenoviral vectors for expression of red and green fluorescent proteins controlled by the insulin, preproglucagon, somatostatin, or pancreatic polypeptide promoters. After transduction of mouse and human islets or dispersed islet cells, a majority of the fluorescent cells also immunostained for the appropriate hormone. Recordings of the sub-plasma membrane Ca2+ and cAMP concentrations with a fluorescent indicator and a protein biosensor, respectively, showed that labeled cells respond to glucose and other modulators of secretion and revealed a striking variability in Ca2+ signaling among alpha-cells. The measurements allowed comparison of the phase relationship of Ca2+ oscillations between different types of cells within intact islets. We conclude that the fluorescent protein vectors allow easy identification of specific islet cell types and can be used in live-cell imaging together with organic dyes and genetically encoded biosensors. This approach will facilitate studies of normal islet physiology and help to clarify molecular defects and disturbed cell interactions in diabetic islets.

  • 4.
    Tian, Geng
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Sol, E. -RM.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Xu, Yunjian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Tengholm, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Prolonged exposure to palmitate deteriorates glucose-induced cAMP generation and pulsatile insulin secretion2013In: Diabetologia, ISSN 0012-186X, E-ISSN 1432-0428, Vol. 56, p. S194-S194Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Tian, Geng
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Sol, Eri Maria
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Xu, Yunjian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Shuai, Hongyan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Tengholm, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Impaired cAMP generation contributes to defective glucose-stimulated insulin secretion after long-term exposure to palmitate2015In: Diabetes, ISSN 0012-1797, E-ISSN 1939-327X, Vol. 64, no 3, p. 904-915Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chronic palmitate exposure impairs glucose-stimulated insulin secretion and other aspects of β-cell function but the underlying mechanisms are not known. Using various live-cell fluorescence imaging approaches we show here that long-term palmitate treatment influences cAMP signaling in pancreatic β-cells. Glucose stimulation of mouse and human β-cells induced oscillations of the sub-plasma-membrane cAMP concentration but after 48 h exposure to palmitate, most β-cells failed to increase cAMP in response to glucose. In contrast, GLP-1-triggered cAMP formation and glucose- and depolarization-induced increases in cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration were unaffected by the fatty acid treatment. Insulin secretion from control β-cells was pulsatile but the response deteriorated after long-term palmitate exposure. Palmitate-treated mouse islets showed reduced expression of adenylyl cyclase 9 and knockdown of this protein in insulinoma cells reduced the glucose-stimulated cAMP response and insulin secretion. We conclude that impaired glucose-induced generation of cAMP is an important determinant of defective insulin secretion after chronic palmitate exposure.

  • 6.
    Tian, Geng
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Sågetorp, Jenny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Xu, Yunjian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Shuai, Hongyan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Degerman, Eva
    Tengholm, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Role of phosphodiesterases in the shaping of sub-plasma-membrane cAMP oscillations and pulsatile insulin secretion2012In: Journal of Cell Science, ISSN 0021-9533, E-ISSN 1477-9137, Vol. 125, no 21, p. 5084-5095Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Specificity and versatility in cyclic AMP (cAMP) signalling are governed by the spatial localisation and temporal dynamics of the signal. Phosphodiesterases (PDEs) are important for shaping cAMP signals by hydrolyzing the nucleotide. In pancreatic β-cells, glucose triggers sub-plasma-membrane cAMP oscillations, which are important for insulin secretion, but the mechanisms underlying the oscillations are poorly understood. Here, we investigated the role of different PDEs in the generation of cAMP oscillations by monitoring the concentration of cAMP in the sub-plasma-membrane space ([cAMP](pm)) with ratiometric evanescent wave microscopy in MIN6 cells or mouse pancreatic β-cells expressing a fluorescent translocation biosensor. The general PDE inhibitor IBMX increased [cAMP](pm), and whereas oscillations were frequently observed at 50 µM IBMX, 300 µM-1 mM of the inhibitor caused a stable increase in [cAMP](pm). The [cAMP](pm) was nevertheless markedly suppressed by the adenylyl cyclase inhibitor 2',5'-dideoxyadenosine, indicating IBMX-insensitive cAMP degradation. Among IBMX-sensitive PDEs, PDE3 was most important for maintaining a low basal level of [cAMP](pm) in unstimulated cells. After glucose induction of [cAMP](pm) oscillations, inhibitors of PDE1, PDE3 and PDE4 inhibitors the average cAMP level, often without disturbing the [cAMP](pm) rhythmicity. Knockdown of the IBMX-insensitive PDE8B by shRNA in MIN6 cells increased the basal level of [cAMP](pm) and prevented the [cAMP](pm)-lowering effect of 2',5'-dideoxyadenosine after exposure to IBMX. Moreover, PDE8B-knockdown cells showed reduced glucose-induced [cAMP](pm) oscillations and loss of the normal pulsatile pattern of insulin secretion. It is concluded that [cAMP](pm) oscillations in β-cells are caused by periodic variations in cAMP generation, and that several PDEs, including PDE1, PDE3 and the IBMX-insensitive PDE8B, are required for shaping the sub-membrane cAMP signals and pulsatile insulin release.

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