In vivo deletion of b-cell Drp1 impairs insulin secretion without affecting islet oxygen consumption

Thomas G. Hennings, Deeksha G. Chopra, Elizabeth R. DeLeon, Halena R. VanDeusen, Hiromi Sesaki, Matthew J. Merrins, Gregory M. Ku

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Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that undergo frequent fission and fusion events. Mitochondrial fission is required for ATP production, the tricarboxylic acid cycle, and processes beyond metabolism in a cell-type specific manner. Ex vivo and cell line studies have demonstrated that Drp1, a central regulator of mitochondrial fission, is required for glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) in pancreatic b cells. Herein, we set out to interrogate the role of Drp1 in b-cell insulin secretion in vivo. We generated b-cell–specific Drp1 knockout (KO) mice (Drp1b-KO) by crossing a conditional allele of Drp1 to Ins1cre mice, in which Cre recombinase replaces the coding region of the Ins1 gene. Drp1b-KO mice were glucose intolerant due to impaired GSIS but did not progress to fasting hyperglycemia as adults. Despite markedly abnormal mitochondrial morphology, Drp1b-KO islets exhibited normal oxygen consumption rates and an unchanged glucose threshold for intracellular calcium mobilization. Instead, the most profound consequences of b-cell Drp1 deletion were impaired second-phase insulin secretion and impaired glucose-stimulated amplification of insulin secretion. Our data establish Drp1 as an important regulator of insulin secretion in vivo and demonstrate a role for Drp1 in metabolic amplification and calcium handling without affecting oxygen consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3245-3256
Number of pages12
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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