Insm1 cooperates with Neurod1 and Foxa2 to maintain mature pancreatic β-cell function.
Bottom Line: We defined Insm1, Neurod1 and Foxa2 binding sites associated with genes deregulated in Insm1 mutant β-cells.Human genomic sequences corresponding to the murine sites occupied by Insm1/Neurod1/Foxa2 were enriched in single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with glycolytic traits.Thus, our data explain part of the mechanisms by which β-cells maintain maturity: Combinatorial Insm1/Neurod1/Foxa2 binding identifies regulatory sequences that maintain the mature gene expression program in β-cells, and disruption of this network results in functional failure.
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Mentions: In the mature murine pancreas of control mice, nuclear Insm1 protein was detected by immunohistology in insulin+ β-cells (Fig 1A and B). Other endocrine cell types like α-cells that express glucagon (Gcg), δ-cells that express somatostatin (Sst) and Pp-cells that express pancreatic polypeptide (Pp) locate to the periphery of murine islets and also express Insm1 (Fig 1C–E). In contrast to the expression observed in developing endocrine cells, Insm1 protein levels in adult endocrine cells appeared heterogeneous and β-cells that express high and low Insm1 levels were observed. To assess the role of Insm1 in mature β-cell gene regulation and function, we introduced a somatic Insm1 mutation in mice using a ‘floxed’ allele (Insm1flox/lacZ; Supplementary Fig S1A and Materials and Methods) and a tamoxifen-inducible Cre driven by the insulin promoter (RIPCreER; Dor et al, 2004). To test for specificity of recombination using RIPCreER, the mT/mG indicator line was used that expresses membrane-bound tomato and GFP before and after Cre-dependent recombination, respectively (Muzumdar et al, 2007). After tamoxifen treatment of mT/mG;RIPCreER animals, the vast majority of insulin+ cells co-expressed GFP, indicating that recombination is efficient in β-cells (Fig 1F and G). Non-recombined tomato+ cells in islets were also observed (Fig 1H). These co-expressed PECAM, glucagon, pancreatic polypeptide and somatostatin (Fig 1I–L), indicating that recombination does not occur in endothelial, α-, δ- and Pp-cells. We used tamoxifen-treated mice with an Insm1flox/lacZ;RIPCreER genotype as conditional mutants, which are subsequently called coInsm1 mutants. In coInsm1 mutants, a pronounced reduction of Insm1 protein was observed by immunohistology in insulin+/Pdx1high β-cells (Fig 1M–P) and by Western blot analysis of isolated islets (Fig 2A).
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