Taurine (TAU), a naturally occurring sulfur-containing amino acid, is found at high concentrations in plasma and mammalian tissues and regulates osmolarity, ion channel activity, and glucose homeostasis. Several reports have shown that physiological plasma TAU levels seem to be important for adequate beta (beta)-cell function and insulin action, since low concentrations of TAU in the plasma have been reported in the pre-diabetic and diabetic states.
Glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity were investigated in mice supplemented with 2% (w/v) TAU in their drinking water for 30 days, as well as the insulin secretion from isolated islets stimulated by glucose or L-leucine.
TAU-supplemented mice demonstrated improved glucose tolerance and higher insulin sensitivity, compared to controls (CTL). In addition, their islets secreted more insulin in response to high concentrations of glucose and L-leucine. L-[U-(14)C]leucine oxidation was higher in TAU than in CTL islets, whereas D-[U-(14)C]glucose oxidation, ATP levels, glucose transporter (GLUT) 2 and glucokinase (GCK) protein expressions were similar in both types of islets. The L-type beta(2) subunit voltage-sensitive Ca(2+) channel protein, as well as (45)Ca uptake, were significantly higher in TAU-supplemented than CTL islets. In addition, islets from TAU-supplemented mice secreted more glucagon than CTL islets at low glucose.
TAU supplementation improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in mice, as well as insulin secretion from isolated islets. The latter effect seems to be, at least in part, dependent on a better Ca(2+) handling by the islets.
"In the hypothalamus, Tau decreases NPY expression and enhances the anorexigenic effects of insulin (Solon et al. 2012). In the periphery, Tau also improves insulin secretion (Ribeiro et al. 2009; Batista et al. 2012), increases insulin receptor phosphorylation (Camargo et al. 2013), and prevents obesity (Tsuboyama-Kasaoka et al. 2006; Batista et al. 2013b). Here, using a microarray analysis, we found that several genes involved in the hypothalamic control of food intake are altered in protein-restricted mice. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Malnutrition programs the neuroendocrine axis by disruption of food-intake control, leading to obesity. Taurine (Tau) is neuroprotective and improves anorexigenic actions in the hypothalamus. We evaluated the hypothalamic gene-expression profile and food-intake control in protein-restricted mice submitted to a high-fat diet (HFD) and Tau supplementation. Mice were fed on a control (14 % protein-C) or a protein-restricted diet (6 % protein-R) for 6 weeks. Thereafter, mice received, or not, HFD for 8 weeks (CH and RH) with or without 5 % Tau supplementation (CHT and RHT). Protein restriction led to higher food intake, but calories were matched to controls. Excessive calorie intake occurred in HFD mice and this was prevented by Tau supplementation only in the CH group. Additionally, RH and CH mice developed hypothalamic leptin resistance, which was prevented by Tau. Global alterations in the expressions of genes involved in hypothalamic metabolism, cellular defense, apoptosis and endoplasmic reticulum stress pathways were induced by dietary manipulations and Tau treatment. The orexigenic peptides NPY and AgRP were increased by protein restriction and lowered by the HFD. The anorexigenic peptide Pomc was increased by HFD, and this was prevented by Tau only in CH mice. Thus, food intake was disrupted by dietary protein restriction and obesity. HFD-induced alterations were not enhanced by previous protein deficiency, but the some beneficial effects of Tau supplementation upon food intake were blunted by protein restriction. Tau effects upon feeding behavior control are complex and involve interactions with a vast gene network, preventing hypothalamic leptin resistance.
"Tau supplementation prevents the development of obesity (Tsuboyama-Kasaoka et al. 2006; Nardelli et al. 2011) and ameliorates glycemia, the action of insulin, and dyslipidemia in T2D (Tsuboyama-Kasaoka et al. 2006; Nardelli et al. 2011; Kim et al. 2012; Batista et al. 2013). Tau regulates insulin secretion, improving islet Ca 2+ handling, in response to high glucose concentrations (Carneiro et al. 2009; Ribeiro et al. 2009). In diet-induced obesity, Tau treatment prevents hyperinsulinemia (Ribeiro et al. 2012; Batista et al. 2013; Vettorazzi et al. 2014), insulin hypersecretion and islet hypertrophy (Ribeiro et al. 2012). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Taurine (Tau) regulates β-cell function and glucose homeostasis under normal and diabetic conditions. Here, we assessed the effects of Tau supplementation upon glucose homeostasis and the morphophysiology of endocrine pancreas, in leptin-deficient obese (ob) mice. From weaning until 90-day-old, C57Bl/6 and ob mice received, or not, 5 % Tau in drinking water (C, CT, ob and obT). Obese mice were hyperglycemic, glucose intolerant, insulin resistant, and exhibited higher hepatic glucose output. Tau supplementation did not prevent obesity, but ameliorated glucose homeostasis in obT. Islets from ob mice presented a higher glucose-induced intracellular Ca(2+) influx, NAD(P)H production and insulin release. Furthermore, α-cells from ob islets displayed a higher oscillatory Ca(2+) profile at low glucose concentrations, in association with glucagon hypersecretion. In Tau-supplemented ob mice, insulin and glucagon secretion was attenuated, while Ca(2+) influx tended to be normalized in β-cells and Ca(2+) oscillations were increased in α-cells. Tau normalized the inhibitory action of somatostatin (SST) upon insulin release in the obT group. In these islets, expression of the glucagon, GLUT-2 and TRPM5 genes was also restored. Tau also enhanced MafA, Ngn3 and NeuroD mRNA levels in obT islets. Morphometric analysis demonstrated that the hypertrophy of ob islets tends to be normalized by Tau with reductions in islet and β-cell masses, but enhanced δ-cell mass in obT. Our results indicate that Tau improves glucose homeostasis, regulating β-, α-, and δ-cell morphophysiology in ob mice, indicating that Tau may be a potential therapeutic tool for the preservation of endocrine pancreatic function in obesity and diabetes.
"By revealing structural demands for high efficacy GABAAR gating by taurine our study has broad physiological implications. Low taurine plasma level correlates with prediabetic and diabetic states and taurine supplementation is able to rescue insufficient insulin secretion by pancreatic islets . Our data predict that a glucose-dependent up-regulation of the GABAAR γ2-subunit in pancreatic islets can reduce taurine action  and increase the risk of diabetes. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Taurine is a semi-essential sulfonic acid found at high concentrations in plasma and mammalian tissues which regulates osmolarity, ion channel activity and glucose homeostasis. The structural requirements of GABAA-receptors (GABAAR) gated by taurine are not yet known. We determined taurine potency and efficacy relative to GABA at different types of recombinant GABAAR occurring in central histaminergic neurons of the mouse hypothalamic tuberomamillary nucleus (TMN) which controls arousal. At binary α1/2β1/3 receptors taurine was as efficient as GABA, whereas incorporation of the γ1/2 subunit reduced taurine efficacy to 60-90% of GABA. The mutation γ2F77I, which abolishes zolpidem potentiation, significantly reduced taurine efficacy at recombinant and native receptors compared to the wild type controls. As taurine was a full- or super- agonist at recombinant αxβ1δ-GABAAR, we generated a chimeric γ2 subunit carrying the δ subunit motif around F77 (MTVFLH). At α1/2β1γ2(MTVFLH) receptors taurine became a super-agonist, similar to δ-containing ternary receptors, but remained a partial agonist at β3-containing receptors. In conclusion, using site-directed mutagenesis we found structural determinants of taurine's partial agonism at γ-containing GABAA receptors. Our study sheds new light on the β1 subunit conferring the widest range of taurine-efficacies modifying GABAAR function under (patho)physiological conditions.
PLoS ONE 10/2013; 8(4):e61733. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0061733 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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