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Adrenaline stimulates glucagon secretion in pancreatic A-cells by increasing the Ca2+ current and the number of granules close to the L-type Ca2+ channels

  • J Gromada
  • K Bokvist
  • W G Ding
  • Sebastian Barg
  • K Buschard
  • Erik Renström
  • Patrik Rorsman
Publishing year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 217-228
Publication/Series: Journal of General Physiology
Volume: 110
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research

Abstract english

We have monitored electrical activity, voltage-gated Ca2+ currents, and exocytosis in single rat glucagon-secreting pancreatic A-cells. The A-cells were electrically excitable and generated spontaneous Na+- and Ca2+-dependent action potentials. Under basal conditions, exocytosis was tightly linked to Ca2+ influx through omega-conotoxin-GVIA-sensitive (N-type) Ca2+ channels. Stimulation of the A-cells with adrenaline (via beta-adrenergic receptors) or forskolin produced a greater than fourfold PKA-dependent potentiation of depolarization-evoked exocytosis. This enhancement of exocytosis was due to a 50% enhancement of Ca2+ influx through L-type Ca2+ channels, an effect that accounted for <30% of the total stimulatory action. The remaining 70% of the stimulation was attributable to an acceleration of granule mobilization resulting in a fivefold increase in the number of readily releasable granules near the L-type Ca2+ channels.


  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • glucagon
  • Ca2+
  • secretion


  • ISSN: 0022-1295
Erik Renström
E-mail: erik [dot] renstrom [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

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