Scientific article

Lack of "hemichannel" activity in insulin-producing cells

Published inCell communication & adhesion, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 143-154
Publication date2008

Connexins and pannexins have been implicated in the formation of "hemichannels," which may account for the uptake and release of membrane-impermeant molecules in single cells. The in vivo existence of "hemichannels" and their protein composition is still debated. Investigations on these matters are complicated by the lack of adequate negative controls. In search for such essential controls, the authors have investigated transformed (MIN6 line) and primary insulin-producing cells. Here, the authors report that these cells, which express Cx36 and pannexin 1, cannot be shown to display functional "hemichannels," as evaluated by (1) uptake of the membrane-impermeant tracer ethidium bromide, whether in the presence or absence of extracellular Ca(2+), following stimulation of P2X(7) receptors, and after exposure to hypotonic medium; and (2) lack of exocytosis-independent release of endogenous ATP. Moreover, electrophysiological recordings indicated the absence of carbenoxolone-sensitive pannexin 1 currents evoked by membrane potentials above +30 mV. Thus, insulin-producing cells are expected to provide a useful tool in the further characterization of hemichannel composition, properties, and physiological relevance.

  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Transformed
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Connexins/metabolism
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells/metabolism
  • Membrane Potentials/physiology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Microscopy, Confocal
Citation (ISO format)
SCEMES, Eliana et al. Lack of ‘hemichannel’ activity in insulin-producing cells. In: Cell communication & adhesion, 2008, vol. 15, n° 1, p. 143–154. doi: 10.1080/15419060802014255
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ISSN of the journal1543-5180

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