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The mechanisms of insulin secretion and calcium signaling in pancreatic β-cells exposed to fluoroquinolones.

PMID 23302634


Fluoroquinolones reportedly induce hypoglycemia through stimulation of insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells via inhibition of K(ATP) channels and activation of L-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels. In physiological condition, the cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](c)) is also regulated by release of Ca(2+) from intracellular Ca(2+) stores. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of insulin secretion induced by fluoroquinolones, with respect to intracellular Ca(2+) stores. Even where the absence of supplemental extracellular Ca(2+), insulin secretion and [Ca(2+)](c) were increased by gatifloxacin, levofloxacin or tolbutamide. Insulin secretion and the rise of [Ca(2+)](c) induced by fluoroquinolones were reduced by depleting of Ca(2+) in endoplasmic reticumum (ER) by thapsigargin, and inhibiting ryanodine receptor of ER by dantrolene. Inhibition of inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor of ER by xestospongin C suppressed insulin secretion induced by fluoroquinolones, whereas it did not affect [Ca(2+)](c). Destruction of acidic Ca(2+) stores such as lysosome and lysosome-related organelles by glycyl-L-phenylalanine-2-nephthylamide (GPN) did not affect insulin secretion and the rise of [Ca(2+)](c) induced by fluoroquinolones. The increase in insulin and [Ca(2+)](c) induced by tolbutamide were reduced by thapsigargin, dantrolene, and GPN but not by xestospongin C. In conclusion, fluoroquinolones induces Ca(2+) release from ER mediated by the ryanodine receptor, and the reaction might involve in insulin secretion. Sulfonylureas induce Ca(2+) release from GPN-sensitive acidic Ca(2+) stores, but fluoroquinolones did not.