Gene expression profiling of HUH7-ins Lack of a granulogenic function for Chromogranin A

Landes Bioscience
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Islets, 2009, 1 (1), pp. 60 - 72
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Previously, the insulin producing liver cell line HUH7-ins has been shown to synthesize, store and secrete insulin in response to glucose via secretory granules. The current study characterized the gene expression profile of HUH7-ins with the aim to identify changes possibly involved in the formation of granules. Additionally, experiments were conducted to determine the influence of chromograninA (egA) on secretory granule biogenesis (5GB) in HUH7-ins. Expression of 165 genes were significantly changed in HUH7-ins, though interestingly the majority of secretory granule associated genes, such as the chromogranins were unchanged. egA was over-expressed in glucose unresponsive HUH7-ins cells to test whether egA played a role in 5GB and would restore the regulated secretory phenotype. Over expression affected neither the storage nor regulated secretion of insulin. These data suggest that 5GB may by regulated at a post-transcriptional level with no evidence to indicate that egA regulates SGB in the cell line HUH7-ins.
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