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Linssen M.M.L.,Leiden University | van Raalte D.H.,VU University Amsterdam | Toonen E.J.M.,Immune Therapeutics | Alkema W.,Merck And Co. | And 6 more authors.
Cellular Signalling | Year: 2011

Glucocorticoids (GCs), such as prednisolone (PRED), are widely prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, but their use may induce glucose intolerance and diabetes. GC-induced beta cell dysfunction contributes to these diabetogenic effects through mechanisms that remain to be elucidated. In this study, we hypothesized that activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) following endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress could be one of the underlying mechanisms involved in GC-induced beta cell dysfunction. We report here that PRED did not affect basal insulin release but time-dependently inhibited glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in INS-1E cells. PRED treatment also decreased both PDX1 and insulin expression, leading to a marked reduction in cellular insulin content. These PRED-induced detrimental effects were found to be prevented by prior treatment with the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonist RU486 and associated with activation of two of the three branches of the UPR. Indeed, PRED induced a GR-mediated activation of both ATF6 and IRE1/XBP1 pathways but was found to reduce the phosphorylation of PERK and its downstream substrate eIF2α. These modulations of ER stress pathways were accompanied by upregulation of calpain 10 and increased cleaved caspase 3, indicating that long term exposure to PRED ultimately promotes apoptosis. Taken together, our data suggest that the inhibition of insulin biosynthesis by PRED in the insulin-secreting INS-1E cells results, at least in part, from a GR-mediated impairment in ER homeostasis which may lead to apoptotic cell death. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


Greulich S.,The Institute of Clinical Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry | de Wiza D.H.,The Institute of Clinical Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry | Preilowski S.,Ruhr University Bochum | Ding Z.,Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine | Year: 2011

Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) has been implicated in the development of heart disease. Nonetheless, the crosstalk between factors secreted from EAT and cardiomyocytes has not been studied. Here, we examined the effect of factors secreted from EAT on contractile function and insulin signalling in primary rat cardiomocytes. EAT and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) were isolated from guinea pigs fed a high-fat (HFD) or standard diet. HFD feeding for 6 months induced glucose intolerance, and decreased fractional shortening and ejection fraction (all P < 0.05). Conditioned media (CM) generated from EAT and SAT explants were subjected to cytokine profiling using antibody arrays, or incubated with cardiomyocytes to assess the effects on insulin action and contractile function. Eleven factors were differentially secreted by EAT when compared to SAT. Furthermore, secretion of 30 factors by EAT was affected by HFD feeding. Most prominently, activin A-immunoreactivity was 6.4-fold higher in CM from HFD versus standard diet-fed animals and, 2-fold higher in EAT versus SAT. In cardiomyocytes, CM from EAT of HFD-fed animals increased SMAD2-phosphorylation, a marker for activin A-signalling, decreased sarcoplasmic-endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase 2a expression, and reduced insulin-mediated phosphorylation of Akt-Ser473 versus CM from SAT and standard diet-fed animals. Finally, CM from EAT of HFD-fed animals as compared to CM from the other groups markedly reduced sarcomere shortening and cytosolic Ca 2+ fluxes in cardiomyocytes. These data provide evidence for an interaction between factors secreted from EAT and cardiomyocyte function. © 2011 The Authors Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine © 2011 Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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