Sodium fluoride stimulates exocytosis at a late site of calcium interaction in stimulus-secretion coupling: studies with the RINm5F beta cell line

Mitsuhisa Komatsu, Alison McDermott, Geoffrey Sharp

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In the insulin-secreting beta cell line RINm5F, sodium fluoride stimulated exocytosis in a concentration (5-15 mM)- and temperature-dependent manner. Depletion of aluminum with the chelator deferoxamine or addition of aluminum to the buffer failed to affect the NaF-stimulated insulin release. This suggests that stimulation of heterotrimeric G proteins or inhibition of phosphatases or other enzymes by fluoroaluminate, an analog of the phosphate moiety, is not involved in the insulinotropic action of NaF. Removal of extracellular Ca2+ suppressed the NaF-stimulated insulin release. However, nitrendipine, a blocker of L-type voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels, did not inhibit the NaF-stimulated insulin release and NaF did not cause any changes in the cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i). Decreasing [Ca2+]i with thapsigargin or increasing [Ca2+]i with ionomycin or a depolarizing concentration of KCl resulted in suppression or enhancement of NaF-stimulated insulin release, respectively. Furthermore, NaF enhanced Ca(2+)-induced insulin release in electrically permeabilized RINm5F cells. These findings indicate that the effect of NaF on exocytosis is dependent on [Ca2+]i, although NaF itself does not change [Ca2+]i. Inhibitors of protein kinase C, such as staurosporine and bisindolylmaleimide, in concentrations sufficient to block the effects of phorbol esters, did not attenuate the NaF-stimulated insulin release. Neither cellular cAMP content nor [3H]arachidonic acid release was increased by NaF. NaF-stimulated insulin release was synergistically enhanced by the activation of protein kinases A and C. Finally, trifluoperazine, an inhibitor of calmodulin and other Ca(2+)-binding proteins, inhibited the insulinotropic action of NaF in a concentration-dependent manner. Trifluoperazine (50 microM) and W-7 (100 microM) nullified the 10 mM NaF-stimulated insulin release. It is concluded that NaF evokes exocytosis by a novel mechanism of sensitization to Ca2+, possibly on a Ca(2+)-responsive protein that is sensitive to trifluoperazine and W-7, leading to exocytosis. Protein kinases A and C also act at this site or at a more distal point.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-508
JournalMolecular Pharmacology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1995


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