Delineating Biological Pathways Unique to Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Insulin-Producing Cell Lines from Their Noninsulin-Producing Progenitor Cell Lines

Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research, Singapore.
Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 4.5). 08/2010; 151(8):3600-10. DOI: 10.1210/en.2009-1418
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To identify unique biochemical pathways in embryonic stem cell-derived insulin-producing cells as potential therapeutic targets to prevent or delay beta-cell dysfunction or death in diabetic patients, comparative genome-wide gene expression studies of recently derived mouse insulin-producing cell lines and their progenitor cell lines were performed using microarray technology. Differentially expressed genes were functionally clustered to identify important biochemical pathways in these insulin-producing cell lines. Biochemical or cellular assays were then performed to assess the relevance of these pathways to the biology of these cells. A total of 185 genes were highly expressed in the insulin-producing cell lines, and computational analysis predicted the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), clathrin-mediated endocytosis, and the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) signaling pathway as important pathways in these cell lines. Insulin-producing ERoSHK cells were more resistant to hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2))-induced oxidative stress. Inhibition of PPP by dehydroepiandrosterone and 6-aminonicotinamide abrogated this H(2)O(2) resistance with a concomitant decrease in PPP activity as measured by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Clathrin-mediated endocytosis, which is essential in maintaining membrane homeostasis in secreting cells, was up-regulated by glucose in ERoSHK but not in their progenitor ERoSH cells. Its inhibition by chlorpromazine at high glucose concentration was toxic to the cells. Troglitazone, a PPARG agonist, up-regulated expression of Ins1 and Ins2 but not Glut2. Gene expression analysis has identified the PPP, clathrin-mediated endocytosis, and the PPAR signaling pathway as the major delineating pathways in these insulin-producing cell lines, and their biological relevance was confirmed by biochemical and cellular assays.

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    • "Most importantly, these cells can reverse hyperglycemia when grafted into streptozotocin-treated mice [21]. ERoSHK6 cells also exhibit biochemical pathways that are highly characteristic of β cells, such as the pentose phosphate pathway, clathrin-mediated endocytosis and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) signaling pathway [22]. ERoSHK6 cells are ideal for investigating the effects of chronic hyperglycemia on pancreatic β cells not only for their close resemblance to β cells but also for their capacity to be propagated in culture for extended periods, unlike primary β cells. "
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