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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-1271

Borter, E; Niessen, M; Zuellig, R; Spinas, G A; Spielmann, P; Camenisch, G; Wenger, R H (2007). Glucose-stimulated insulin production in mice deficient for the PAS kinase PASKIN. Diabetes, 56(1):113-117.

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The Per-ARNT-Sim (PAS) domain serine/threonine kinase PASKIN, or PAS kinase, links energy flux and protein synthesis in yeast and regulates glycogen synthase in mammals. A recent report suggested that PASKIN mRNA, protein, and kinase activity are increased in pancreatic islet beta-cells under hyperglycemic conditions and that PASKIN is necessary for insulin gene expression. We previously generated Paskin knockout mice by targeted replacement of the kinase domain with the beta-geo fusion gene encoding beta-galactosidase reporter activity. Here we show that no 5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl-ss-d-galactopyranoside (X-gal) staining was observed in islet beta-cells derived from Paskin knockout mice, irrespective of the ambient glucose concentration, whereas adenoviral expression of the lacZ gene in beta-cells showed strong X-gal staining. No induction of PASKIN mRNA could be detected in insulinoma cell lines or in islet beta-cells. Increasing glucose concentrations resulted in PASKIN-independent induction of insulin mRNA levels and insulin release. PASKIN mRNA levels were high in testes but undetectable in pancreas and in islet beta-cells. Finally, blood glucose levels and glucose tolerance after intraperitoneal glucose injection were indistinguishable between Paskin wild-type and knockout mice. These results suggest that Paskin gene expression is not induced by glucose in pancreatic beta-cells and that glucose-stimulated insulin production is independent of PASKIN.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:22
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:18
Publisher:American Diabetes Association
Publisher DOI:10.2337/db06-0798
PubMed ID:17192472

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