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Tungstate promotes β-cell survival in Irs2 −/− mice

Joana Moitinho Oliveira
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Rosa Gasa
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Ainhoa Garcia
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Susana Kalko
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Delia Zafra
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Joan Guinovart
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Pancreatic β-cells play a central role in type 2 diabetes (T2D) development, which is characterized by the progressive decline of the functional β-cell mass that is associated mainly with increased β-cell apoptosis. Thus, understanding how to enhance survival of β-cells is key for the management of T2D. The insulin receptor substrate-2 (IRS-2) protein is pivotal in mediating the insulin/IGF signaling pathway in β-cells. In fact, IRS-2 is critically required for β-cell compensation in conditions of increased insulin demand and for β-cell survival. Tungstate is a powerful antidiabetic agent that has been shown to promote β-cell recovery in toxin-induced diabetic rodent models. In this study, we investigated whether tungstate could prevent the onset of diabetes in a scenario of dysregulated insulin/IGF signaling and massive β-cell death. To this end, we treated mice deficient in IRS2 (Irs2(-/-)), which exhibit severe β-cell loss, with tungstate for 3 wk. Tungstate normalized glucose tolerance in Irs2(-/-) mice in correlation with increased β-cell mass, increased β-cell replication, and a striking threefold reduction in β-cell apoptosis. Islets from treated Irs2(-/-) exhibited increased phosphorylated Erk1/2. Interestingly, tungstate repressed apoptosis-related genes in Irs2(-/-) islets in vitro, and ERK1/2 blockade abolished some of these effects. Gene expression profiling showed evidence of a broad impact of tungstate on cell death pathways in islets from Irs2(-/-) mice, consistent with reduced apoptotic rates. Our results support the finding that β-cell death can be arrested in the absence of IRS2 and that therapies aimed at reversing β-cell mass decline are potential strategies to prevent the progression to T2D.
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hal-02103084 , version 1 (18-04-2019)



Joana Moitinho Oliveira, Sandra Rebuffat, Rosa Gasa, Deborah Burks, Ainhoa Garcia, et al.. Tungstate promotes β-cell survival in Irs2 −/− mice. AJP - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2014, 306 (1), pp.E36-E47. ⟨10.1152/ajpendo.00409.2013⟩. ⟨hal-02103084⟩
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