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The retinoblastoma protein and its homolog p130 regulate the G1/S transition in pancreatic beta-cells.

Harb G, Vasavada RC, Cobrinik D, Stewart AF - Diabetes (2009)

Bottom Line: In vivo loss of either p107 or p130 did not affect beta-cell replication or function.Combined pRb/p130 loss, however, resulted in dramatically accelerated proliferation as well as apoptotic cell death.Pancreas and beta-cell mass were significantly reduced in double mutants.

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Affiliation: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

ABSTRACT

Objective: The retinoblastoma protein family (pRb, p130, p107) plays a central role in the regulation of cell cycle progression. Surprisingly, loss of pRb in the beta-cell has no discernible effect on cell cycle control. Therefore, we explored the effects of individual loss of either p130 or p107 in addition to the simultaneous loss of both pRb/p130 on the beta-cell.

Research design and methods: Adult mice deficient in either p130 or p107 or both pRb/p130 were examined for effects on beta-cell replication, function, and survival. The Cre-Lox system was also used to inactivate pRb in wild-type and p130-deficient beta-cells in vitro.

Results: In vivo loss of either p107 or p130 did not affect beta-cell replication or function. Combined pRb/p130 loss, however, resulted in dramatically accelerated proliferation as well as apoptotic cell death. Pancreas and beta-cell mass were significantly reduced in double mutants. Despite this, overall glucose tolerance was normal, except for mild postprandial hyperglycemia. Ex vivo, acute deletion of pRb in p130-deficient beta-cells also caused a striking increase in proliferation. The combined deletion of pRb/p130 upregulated islet expression of E2F2 but not E2F1.

Conclusions: These studies define an essential role for the pocket proteins in controlling the G(1)/S transition in beta-cells. When deficient in both pRb and p130, beta-cells undergo unrestrained cell cycle reentry and activation of apoptosis. These studies underscore the central role of the pRb pathway in controlling beta-cell turnover and provide new cellular targets for beta-cell regeneration.

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Islet histomorphometry in p130- mice. A: Representative insulin-stained sections of whole pancreata and quantification (B) of β-cell mass and area based on pancreas mass that were not significantly different in the three groups. WT (n = 9), HT (n = 5), and KO (n = 7). (A high-quality digital representation of this figure is available in the online issue.)
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Figure 2: Islet histomorphometry in p130- mice. A: Representative insulin-stained sections of whole pancreata and quantification (B) of β-cell mass and area based on pancreas mass that were not significantly different in the three groups. WT (n = 9), HT (n = 5), and KO (n = 7). (A high-quality digital representation of this figure is available in the online issue.)

Mentions: Consistent with normal glucose tolerance in the mutants, pancreas and β-cell mass were also normal in both p130- and p107- animals (Fig. 2A; supplementary Fig. S2A, available in the online-only appendix). Histomorphometric analysis of whole pancreas sections immunostained for insulin revealed that, as with pRb (14), p130 and p107 are also entirely dispensable for normal pancreas and β-cell growth (Fig. 2B; supplementary Fig. S2B, available in the online-only appendix).


The retinoblastoma protein and its homolog p130 regulate the G1/S transition in pancreatic beta-cells.

Harb G, Vasavada RC, Cobrinik D, Stewart AF - Diabetes (2009)

Islet histomorphometry in p130- mice. A: Representative insulin-stained sections of whole pancreata and quantification (B) of β-cell mass and area based on pancreas mass that were not significantly different in the three groups. WT (n = 9), HT (n = 5), and KO (n = 7). (A high-quality digital representation of this figure is available in the online issue.)
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Figure 2: Islet histomorphometry in p130- mice. A: Representative insulin-stained sections of whole pancreata and quantification (B) of β-cell mass and area based on pancreas mass that were not significantly different in the three groups. WT (n = 9), HT (n = 5), and KO (n = 7). (A high-quality digital representation of this figure is available in the online issue.)
Mentions: Consistent with normal glucose tolerance in the mutants, pancreas and β-cell mass were also normal in both p130- and p107- animals (Fig. 2A; supplementary Fig. S2A, available in the online-only appendix). Histomorphometric analysis of whole pancreas sections immunostained for insulin revealed that, as with pRb (14), p130 and p107 are also entirely dispensable for normal pancreas and β-cell growth (Fig. 2B; supplementary Fig. S2B, available in the online-only appendix).

Bottom Line: In vivo loss of either p107 or p130 did not affect beta-cell replication or function.Combined pRb/p130 loss, however, resulted in dramatically accelerated proliferation as well as apoptotic cell death.Pancreas and beta-cell mass were significantly reduced in double mutants.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

ABSTRACT

Objective: The retinoblastoma protein family (pRb, p130, p107) plays a central role in the regulation of cell cycle progression. Surprisingly, loss of pRb in the beta-cell has no discernible effect on cell cycle control. Therefore, we explored the effects of individual loss of either p130 or p107 in addition to the simultaneous loss of both pRb/p130 on the beta-cell.

Research design and methods: Adult mice deficient in either p130 or p107 or both pRb/p130 were examined for effects on beta-cell replication, function, and survival. The Cre-Lox system was also used to inactivate pRb in wild-type and p130-deficient beta-cells in vitro.

Results: In vivo loss of either p107 or p130 did not affect beta-cell replication or function. Combined pRb/p130 loss, however, resulted in dramatically accelerated proliferation as well as apoptotic cell death. Pancreas and beta-cell mass were significantly reduced in double mutants. Despite this, overall glucose tolerance was normal, except for mild postprandial hyperglycemia. Ex vivo, acute deletion of pRb in p130-deficient beta-cells also caused a striking increase in proliferation. The combined deletion of pRb/p130 upregulated islet expression of E2F2 but not E2F1.

Conclusions: These studies define an essential role for the pocket proteins in controlling the G(1)/S transition in beta-cells. When deficient in both pRb and p130, beta-cells undergo unrestrained cell cycle reentry and activation of apoptosis. These studies underscore the central role of the pRb pathway in controlling beta-cell turnover and provide new cellular targets for beta-cell regeneration.

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Related in: MedlinePlus