Ulster University Logo

Ulster Institutional Repository

Homocysteine and other structurally-diverse amino thiols can alter pancreatic beta cell function without evoking cellular damage

Biomedical Sciences Research Institute Computer Science Research Institute Environmental Sciences Research Institute Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Research Institute

Patterson, Steven, Flatt, Peter and McClenaghan, Neville (2006) Homocysteine and other structurally-diverse amino thiols can alter pancreatic beta cell function without evoking cellular damage. BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-GENERAL SUBJECTS, 1760 (7). pp. 1109-1114. [Journal article]

Full text not available from this repository.

DOI: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2006.03.012


Homocysteine and related amino thiols, homocysteic acid, cysteic acid, homocysteine sulphinic acid and cysteine sulphinic acid have been labelled as neurotoxins. Homocysteine thiolactone, a metabolic derivative of homocysteine, is cytotoxic to endothelial cells and other cell lineages. Since pancreatic beta cells share many phenotypic similarities with neuronal cells, the present study uses clonal pancreatic BRiN-BD11 cells to investigate possible detrimental effects of these amino thiols on insulin secretion and pancreatic beta cell function. Insulin secretion was concentration-dependently inhibited at both basal (1.1 mM) and stimulatory (16.7 mM) glucose by homocysteine, homocysteine thiolactone and homocysteine sulphinic acid. Cysteic acid concentration-dependently inhibited insulin secretion at 16.7 mM glucose. Cell viability was not compromised by any of the amino thiols. Insulin secretory responses to alanine were inhibited by homocysteine, homocysteine thiolactone, homocysteic acid and cysteic acid. Insulin secretion in the presence of elevated Ca2+ and forskolin were lowered by all amino thiols, except homocysteic acid. The secretory responsiveness to PMA, GLP-1 and KCl were only impaired in the presence of homocysteine and homocysteine thiolactone. These findings indicate that homocysteine, homocysteine thiolactone and, to a lesser extent, other amino thiols cause dysfunctional insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Diabetes
ID Code:2975
Deposited By:Professor Peter Flatt
Deposited On:17 Dec 2009 15:17
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:10

Repository Staff Only: item control page