Protection of pancreatic β-cells from various stress conditions is mediated by DJ-1

Alex Inberg, Michal Linial*

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Pancreatic β-cells are vulnerable to multiple stresses, leading to dysfunction and apoptotic death. Deterioration in β-cells function and mass is associated with type 2 diabetes. Comparative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis from pancreatic MIN6 cells that were maintained at varying glucose concentrations was carried out. An induced expression of a protein spot, detected in MIN6 cells experiencing high glucose concentration, was identified by mass spectrometry as the oxidized form of DJ-1. DJ-1 (park7) is a multifunctional protein implicated in familial Parkinsonism and neuroprotection in response to oxidative damage. The DJ-1 protein and its oxidized form were also induced following exposure to oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress in MIN6 and βTC-6 cells and also in mouse pancreatic islets. Suppression of DJ-1 levels by small interfering RNA led to an accelerated cell death, whereas an increase in DJ-1 levels by adenovirus-based infection attenuated cell death induced by H2O2 and thapsigargin in β-cell lines and mouse pancreatic islets. Furthermore, DJ-1 improved regulated insulin secretion under basal as well as oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress conditions in a dose-dependent manner. We identified TFII-I (Gtf2i) as DJ-1 partner in the cytosol, whereas the binding of TFII-I to DJ-1 prevented TFII-I translocation to the nucleus. The outcome was attenuation of the stress response. Our results suggest that DJ-1 together with TFII-I operate in concert to cope with various insults and to sustain pancreatic β-cell function.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)25686-25698
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number33
StatePublished - 13 Aug 2010


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