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A low-protein diet during pregnancy prevents modifications in intercellular communication proteins in rat islets.

Marçal-Pessoa AF, Bassi-Branco CL, Salvatierra Cdos S, Stoppiglia LF, Ignacio-Souza LM, de Lima Reis SR, Veloso RV, de Barros Reis MA, Carneiro EM, Boschero AC, Arantes VC, Latorraca MQ - Biol. Res. (2015)

Bottom Line: The low-protein diet reduced the levels of connexin 36 and β-catenin protein in pancreatic islets.The low-protein diet during pregnancy did not alter these mRNA and protein levels, but avoided the increase of levels of phospho-[Ser(279/282)]-connexin 43 in islets.Short-term protein restriction during pregnancy prevented the Cx43 phosphorylation, but this event did not interfer in the insulin secretion.

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Affiliation: Mestrado em Ciências da Saúde, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil. anabiorq@usp.br.

ABSTRACT

Background: Gap junctions between β-cells participate in the precise regulation of insulin secretion. Adherens junctions and their associated proteins are required for the formation, function and structural maintenance of gap junctions. Increases in the number of the gap junctions between β-cells and enhanced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion are observed during pregnancy. In contrast, protein restriction produces structural and functional alterations that result in poor insulin secretion in response to glucose. We investigated whether protein restriction during pregnancy affects the expression of mRNA and proteins involved in gap and adherens junctions in pancreatic islets. An isoenergetic low-protein diet (6% protein) was fed to non-pregnant or pregnant rats from day 1-15 of pregnancy, and rats fed an isocaloric normal-protein diet (17% protein) were used as controls.

Results: The low-protein diet reduced the levels of connexin 36 and β-catenin protein in pancreatic islets. In rats fed the control diet, pregnancy increased the levels of phospho-[Ser(279/282)]-connexin 43, and it decreased the levels of connexin 36, β-catenin and beta-actin mRNA as well as the levels of connexin 36 and β-catenin protein in islets. The low-protein diet during pregnancy did not alter these mRNA and protein levels, but avoided the increase of levels of phospho-[Ser(279/282)]-connexin 43 in islets. Insulin secretion in response to 8.3 mmol/L glucose was higher in pregnant rats than in non-pregnant rats, independently of the nutritional status.

Conclusion: Short-term protein restriction during pregnancy prevented the Cx43 phosphorylation, but this event did not interfer in the insulin secretion.

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β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from non-pregnant controls (CN), pregnant controls (CP), low-protein non-pregnant rats (LPNP) and low-protein pregnant rats (LPP). (A) and (B) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in a heart sample (positive control) and islets. (C) and (D) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from pregnant and non-pregnant rats fed control or low-protein diets. The mRNA concentration of β-catenin is expressed relative to RPS29 mRNA. The columns represent the means ± SD of 3–6 independent experiments. Columns with different superscript minuscule letters are significantly different by two-way ANOVA followed by a least significant difference (LSD) test (P < 0.05).
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Fig4: β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from non-pregnant controls (CN), pregnant controls (CP), low-protein non-pregnant rats (LPNP) and low-protein pregnant rats (LPP). (A) and (B) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in a heart sample (positive control) and islets. (C) and (D) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from pregnant and non-pregnant rats fed control or low-protein diets. The mRNA concentration of β-catenin is expressed relative to RPS29 mRNA. The columns represent the means ± SD of 3–6 independent experiments. Columns with different superscript minuscule letters are significantly different by two-way ANOVA followed by a least significant difference (LSD) test (P < 0.05).

Mentions: As expected, we detected high β-catenin mRNA expression and protein content in a heart sample (Figure 4A and 4B). The expression of β-catenin mRNA (Figure 4C) and protein (Figure 4D) did not differ between LPP and LPNP islets and was reduced in the CP group compared to the CN group.


A low-protein diet during pregnancy prevents modifications in intercellular communication proteins in rat islets.

Marçal-Pessoa AF, Bassi-Branco CL, Salvatierra Cdos S, Stoppiglia LF, Ignacio-Souza LM, de Lima Reis SR, Veloso RV, de Barros Reis MA, Carneiro EM, Boschero AC, Arantes VC, Latorraca MQ - Biol. Res. (2015)

β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from non-pregnant controls (CN), pregnant controls (CP), low-protein non-pregnant rats (LPNP) and low-protein pregnant rats (LPP). (A) and (B) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in a heart sample (positive control) and islets. (C) and (D) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from pregnant and non-pregnant rats fed control or low-protein diets. The mRNA concentration of β-catenin is expressed relative to RPS29 mRNA. The columns represent the means ± SD of 3–6 independent experiments. Columns with different superscript minuscule letters are significantly different by two-way ANOVA followed by a least significant difference (LSD) test (P < 0.05).
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Fig4: β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from non-pregnant controls (CN), pregnant controls (CP), low-protein non-pregnant rats (LPNP) and low-protein pregnant rats (LPP). (A) and (B) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in a heart sample (positive control) and islets. (C) and (D) β-catenin mRNA and protein expression in islets from pregnant and non-pregnant rats fed control or low-protein diets. The mRNA concentration of β-catenin is expressed relative to RPS29 mRNA. The columns represent the means ± SD of 3–6 independent experiments. Columns with different superscript minuscule letters are significantly different by two-way ANOVA followed by a least significant difference (LSD) test (P < 0.05).
Mentions: As expected, we detected high β-catenin mRNA expression and protein content in a heart sample (Figure 4A and 4B). The expression of β-catenin mRNA (Figure 4C) and protein (Figure 4D) did not differ between LPP and LPNP islets and was reduced in the CP group compared to the CN group.

Bottom Line: The low-protein diet reduced the levels of connexin 36 and β-catenin protein in pancreatic islets.The low-protein diet during pregnancy did not alter these mRNA and protein levels, but avoided the increase of levels of phospho-[Ser(279/282)]-connexin 43 in islets.Short-term protein restriction during pregnancy prevented the Cx43 phosphorylation, but this event did not interfer in the insulin secretion.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Mestrado em Ciências da Saúde, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil. anabiorq@usp.br.

ABSTRACT

Background: Gap junctions between β-cells participate in the precise regulation of insulin secretion. Adherens junctions and their associated proteins are required for the formation, function and structural maintenance of gap junctions. Increases in the number of the gap junctions between β-cells and enhanced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion are observed during pregnancy. In contrast, protein restriction produces structural and functional alterations that result in poor insulin secretion in response to glucose. We investigated whether protein restriction during pregnancy affects the expression of mRNA and proteins involved in gap and adherens junctions in pancreatic islets. An isoenergetic low-protein diet (6% protein) was fed to non-pregnant or pregnant rats from day 1-15 of pregnancy, and rats fed an isocaloric normal-protein diet (17% protein) were used as controls.

Results: The low-protein diet reduced the levels of connexin 36 and β-catenin protein in pancreatic islets. In rats fed the control diet, pregnancy increased the levels of phospho-[Ser(279/282)]-connexin 43, and it decreased the levels of connexin 36, β-catenin and beta-actin mRNA as well as the levels of connexin 36 and β-catenin protein in islets. The low-protein diet during pregnancy did not alter these mRNA and protein levels, but avoided the increase of levels of phospho-[Ser(279/282)]-connexin 43 in islets. Insulin secretion in response to 8.3 mmol/L glucose was higher in pregnant rats than in non-pregnant rats, independently of the nutritional status.

Conclusion: Short-term protein restriction during pregnancy prevented the Cx43 phosphorylation, but this event did not interfer in the insulin secretion.

No MeSH data available.