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CLASS: Professor Philip Newholme, Curtin University Perth

Date: 20 March 2018

Venue: UCD Conway Lecture Theatre

Time: 12 noon

SpeakerProfessor Philip Newholme, Curtin University Perth

Title: 'The importance of metabolic reprogramming to cell function’

Glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1) promotes insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells in a glucose dependent manner. Several pathways mediate this action by rapid, kinase phosphorylation-dependent, but gene expression-independent mechanisms. GLP-1-induced insulin secretion requires glucose metabolism, therefore GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) signalling may impact glucose uptake and utilization in β-cells. By determination of changes to various metabolic parameters after short and long exposure of clonal BRIN-BD11 β-cells and rodent islets to the GLP-1R agonist Exendin-4 (50 nM), we have found that prolonged stimulation of the GLP-1R (18 hours) promoted metabolic reprogramming of β-cells. This was evidenced by up-regulation of glycolytic enzyme expression, increased rates of glucose uptake and consumption, as well as augmented ATP content, insulin secretion and glycolytic flux after removal of Exendin-4. In our model, depletion of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α) impaired the effects of Exendin-4 on glucose metabolism, while pharmacological inhibition of Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) or mTOR completely abolished such effects. Considering the central role of glucose catabolism for stimulus-secretion coupling in β-cells, our findings suggest that chronic GLP-1 actions on insulin secretion include elevated β-cell glucose metabolism. In this presentation, I will also briefly describe the importance of metabolic reprogramming to immune cell function.

Refreshments available outside the lecture theatre from 11.40am

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