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Spatial network representation of complex living tissues
Dean Korošak, Marjan Rupnik, 2008, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: Networks were widely used to describe organizational and functional principles of living organisms across various scales. The topology of such biological complex networks often turned out to be "scale-free", with the power-law distribution of number of links per node, robust and modular with underlying self-similar structure. However, the topology of cytoarchitecture in living tissues has not yet received wide attention from the network perspective. Here we discuss the spatial complex network model of coupled clusters of beta cells in pancreatic islets. Networks of cells in pancreatic islets were constructed from the 2D section images presenting fluorescently labelled intercellular spaces obtained by two-photon laser scanning microscopy of whole pancreas tissue slices, and cells conductances measured electrophysiologically using whole-cell patch-clamp. We find that the heterogeneity of beta cells in intact living islets induces scale-free topology of the tissue network. Furthermore, we show that the islet-like structures visually similar to 2D section images can be obtained using Voronoi diagrams of random points.
Keywords: pancreatic islets, betta cells, complex networks, cytoarchitecture
Published: 31.05.2012; Views: 1205; Downloads: 49
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Calcium dependencies of regulated exocytosis in different endocrine cells
Jurij Dolenšek, Maša Skelin, Marjan Rupnik, 2011, review article

Abstract: Exocytotic machinery in neuronal and endocrine tissues is sensitive to changesin intracellular Ca2+ concentration. Endocrine cell models, that are most frequently used to study the mechanisms of regulated exocytosis, are pancreatic beta cells, adrenal chromaffin cells and pituitary cells. To reliably study the Ca2+ sensitivity in endocrine cells, accurate and fast determination of Ca2+ dependence in each tested cell is required. With slow photo-release it is possible to induce ramp-like increase in intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) that leads to a robust exocytotic activity. Slow increases in the [Ca2+]i revealed exocytotic phases with different Ca2+ sensitivities that have been largely masked in step-like flash photo-release experiments. Strikingly, in the cells of the three described model endocrine tissues (beta, chromaffin and melanotroph cells), distinct Ca2+ sensitivity ćclassesć of secretory vesicles have been observed: a highly Ca2+-sensitive, amedium Ca2+-sensitive and a low Ca2+- sensitive kinetic phase of secretory vesicle exocytosis. We discuss that a physiological modulation of a cellular activity, e.g. by activating cAMP/PKA transduction pathway, can switch the secretory vesicles between Ca2+ sensitivity classes. This significantly alterslate steps in the secretory release of hormones even without utilizationof an additional Ca2+ sensor protein.
Keywords: Calcium sensitivity, Exocytosis, Insulin-secreting cells, Chromaffin cells, Melanotrophs
Published: 05.06.2012; Views: 972; Downloads: 23
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Exocytosis of insulin in vivo maturation of mouse endocrine pancreas
Aldo Rozzo, Tiziana Meneghel-Rozzo, Saška Lipovšek Delakorda, Shi-Bing Yang, Marjan Rupnik, 2009, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The aim of this study was to define when an insulin-positive cell becomes functional in vivo and starts to exocytose insulin in a regulated nutrient-dependent manner. Insulin-positive cells appear in embryonic life (midgestation) and complete their maturation, presumably around birth. In order to work with embryonic and newborn endocrine pancreas, we used organotypic slices. The mouse embryonic pancreas slices show high basal insulin release that is not further elevated by high glucose levels. Despite the presence of functional voltage-activated ion channels, the cells are not electrically active in the presence of secretagogues. At birth, the high basalinsulin release drops and, after postnatal day 2, the insulin-positive cells show both adult-like bursting electrical activity and hormone release induced by high glucose levels. These properties allowed us to define them as beta cells. Despite the apparent stability of the transcription factor profile reported in insulin-positive cells during late-embryonic life, functional beta cells appear only 2 days after birth.
Keywords: cell biology, insulin release, embrios, newborn, beta-cell maturation, developing pancreas
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 696; Downloads: 12
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FIZIOLOŠKO PRILAGAJANJE OBČUTLJIVOSTI APARATA ZA ZLIVANJE SEKRETORNIH MEŠIČKOV NA KALCIJEVE IONE CELIC BETA TREBUŠNE SLINAVKE
Maša Skelin, 2011, dissertation

Abstract: Raziskovali smo vlogo proteinskih kinaz v procesu uravnavane eksocitoze v celicah beta trebušne slinavke. Za stimulacijo od Ca2+ odvisne sekrecije smo uporabili vlak depolarizacijskih pulzov ali počasno fotolizo, s katerima smo kontrolirali znotrajcelično aktivnost Ca2+ ionov. S pomočjo meritev kapacitivnosti celične membrane smo zasledovali eksocitozo, to je zlivanje sekretornih mešičkov s plazemsko membrano. Pri kontroli je zadostna sprememba Ca2+ sprožila vsaj dve fazi eksocitoze. Hitrost spremembe kapacitivnosti je v odvisnosti od [Ca2+]i razkrila saturacijsko kinetiko z visoko kooperativnostjo, pri čemer je bila polovica maksimalne hitrosti dosežena pri 2,9 ± 0,2 µM kalcija. Nato smo z dodajanjem cAMP ugotavljali vlogo PKA v procesu eksocitoze. Naši rezultati kažejo, da cAMP stimulira eksocitozo pri značilno nižji [Ca2+]i v primerjavi s kontrolo. Enake rezultate smo dobili, ko smo s 6-Phe-cAMP direktno stimulirali PKA, medtem ko aktivacija Epac2, ki je prav tako ena izmed poti delovanja cAMP, ni imela posebnega vpliva na spremembo občutljivosti sekretornega aparata. V nadaljevanju smo preučili še vlogo PKC in Cdk5 v procesu izločanja inzulina. Aktivacija PKC je znižala občutljivost prve faze eksocitoze v primerjavi z inhibicijo PKC, medtem ko je inhibicija Cdk5 zmanjšala hitrost zlivanja sekretornih mešičkov s plazemsko membrano, pri čemer je ostala občutljivost na [Ca2+]i nespremenjena. Ker literatura navaja, da PKC in Cdk5 fosforilirata vrsto proteinov, vključenih v mehanizem sekrecije, smo testirali vlogo Munc18-1, ki je po našem mnenju ena najbolj verjetnih fosforilacijskih tarč PKC in Cdk5. Povišana ekspresija PKC fosforilacijske mutante Munc18-1 je značilno znižala amplitudo prve faze eksocitoze in zvišala njeno občutljivost na [Ca2+]i. Amp1 je bila značilno nižja tudi pri povišani ekspresiji Cdk5 fosforilacijske mutante Munc18-1, vendar je bila njena občutljivost na [Ca2+]i tokrat značilno nižja. Prav tako je bila značilno nižja tudi hitrost zlivanja mešičkov s plazemsko membrano. Naši rezultati tako potrjujejo hipotezo, da cAMP v celicah beta spremeni občutljivost sekretornega aparata na Ca2+ ione z aktivacijo PKA. Tudi PKC in Cdk5 sta z delovanjem preko proteina Munc18-1 pomembna regulatorja eksocitoze, pri čemer je PKC pomembna za preprečevanje zlivanja mešičkov s plazemsko membrano pri nezadostni [Ca2+]i, Cdk5 pa sodeluje v pripravi mešičkov na zlitje.
Keywords: beta celice, eksocitoza, proteinske kinaze, občutljivost na kalcij, izločanje inzulina
Published: 19.03.2013; Views: 1593; Downloads: 131
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Breeding of laboratory mice for biomedical research
Maša Skelin, Marjan Rupnik, Marko Volk, 2010, original scientific article

Keywords: mouse breeding, husbandry, animal welfare, identification
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 410; Downloads: 7
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Fiziologija ledvic
Marjan Rupnik, 2005, review article

Abstract: Pričujoči prispevek opisuje, kako ledvice delujejo v normalnih razmerah. Poudarek je na opisu pretoka snovi skozi ledvice, predvsem soli, vode in nekaterih proizvodov presnove. Podrobneje so prikazani in razloženi ledvični klirens in protitočni sistemi, pomembni pri tvorbi seča in gospodarjenjem z vodo.
Published: 21.12.2015; Views: 698; Downloads: 60
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Intracellular serotonin modulates insulin secretion from pancreatic ß-cells by protein serotonylation
Nils Paulmann, Maik Grohmann, Jörg-Peter Voigt, Bettina Bert, Jakob Vowinckel, Michael Bader, Maša Skelin, Marko Jevšek, Heidrun Fink, Marjan Rupnik, Diego Walther, 2009, original scientific article

Abstract: While serotonin (5-HT) co-localization with insulin in granules of pancreatic ß-cells was demonstrated more than three decades ago, its physiological role in the etiology of diabetes is stili unclear. We combined biochemical and electrophysiological analyses of mice selectively deficient in peripheral tryptophan hydroxylase (Tph1-/-) and 5-HT to show that intracellular 5-HT regulates insulin secretion. We found that these mice are diabetic and have an impaired insulin secretion due to the lack of 5-HT in the pancreas. The pharmacological restoration of peripheral 5-HT levels rescued the impaired insulin secretion in vivo. These findings were further evidenced by patch clamp experiments with isolated Tph1-/- ß-cells, which clearly showed that the secretory defect is downstream of Ca2+ -signaling and can be rescued by direct intracellular application of 5-HT via the clamp pipette. In elucidating the underlying mechanism further, we demonstrate the covalent coupling of 5-HT by transglutaminases during insulin exocytosis to two key players in insulin secretion, the small GTPases Rab3a and Rab27a. This renders them constitutively active in a receptor-independent signaling mechanism we have recently termed serotonylation. Concordantly, an inhibition of such activating serotonylation in ß-cells abates insulin secretion. We also observed inactivation of serotonylated Rab3a by enhanced proteasomal degradation, which is in line with the inactivation of other serotonylated GTPases. Our results demonstrate that 5-HT regulates insulin secretion by serotonylation of GTPases within pancreatic ß-cells and suggest that intracellular 5-HT functions in various microenvironments via this mechanism in concert with the known receptor-mediated signaling.
Keywords: insulin secretion, serotonin, insulin, glucose, diabetes mellitus, guanosine triphosphatase, exocytosis, pancreas
Published: 16.06.2017; Views: 449; Downloads: 42
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A co-culture model of the developing small intestine offers new insight in the early immunomodulation of enterocytes and macrophages by Lactobacillus spp. through STAT1 and NF-kB p65 translocation
Martin Trapečar, Aleš Goropevšek, Mario Gorenjak, Lidija Gradišnik, Marjan Rupnik, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: The early establishment of a complete microbiome has been shown to play an integral part in the development and maintenance of an intact intestine and its immune system, although much remains unknown about the specific mechanisms of immune modulation in newborns. In our study we show in a co-culture model of the undeveloped small intestine that members of Lactobacillus spp. influence STAT1 and NF-kB p65 nuclear translocation in both intestinal epithelial cells as well as underlying macrophages. Moreover, by using imaging flow cytometry we were able to monitor each individual cell and create a framework of the percentage of cells in which translocation occurred in challenged versus control cell populations. We also observed a significant difference in baseline translocation in intestinal cells when cultured alone versus those in a co-culture model, underpinning the importance of 3D models over monolayer set-ups in epithelial in vitro research. In conclusion, our work offers new insights into the potential routes by which the commensal microbiome primes the early immune system to fight pathogens, and shows how strain-specific these mechanisms really are.
Keywords: microbiome, Lactobacillus, immune system, pathogens
Published: 19.06.2017; Views: 550; Downloads: 195
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Platelet-rich plasma, especially when combined with a TGF-ß inhibitor promotes proliferation, viability and myogenic differentiation of myoblasts in vitro
Robi Kelc, Martin Trapečar, Lidija Gradišnik, Marjan Rupnik, Matjaž Vogrin, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: Regeneration of skeletal muscle after injury is limited by scar formation, slow healing time and a high recurrence rate. A therapy based on platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become a promising lead for tendon and ligament injuries in recent years, however concerns have been raised that PRP-derived TGF-β could contribute to fibrotic remodelling in skeletal muscle after injury. Due to the lack of scientific grounds for a PRP -based muscle regeneration therapy, we have designed a study using human myogenic progenitors and evaluated the potential of PRP alone and in combination with decorin (a TGF-β inhibitor), to alter myoblast proliferation, metabolic activity, cytokine profile and expression of myogenic regulatory factors (MRFs). Advanced imaging multicolor single-cell analysis enabled us to create a valuable picture on the ratio of quiescent, activated and terminally committed myoblasts in treated versus control cell populations. Finally high-resolution confocal microscopy validated the potential of PRP and decorin to stimulate the formation of polynucleated myotubules. PRP was shown to down-regulate fibrotic cytokines, increase cell viability and proliferation, enhance the expression of MRFs, and contribute to a significant myogenic shift during differentiation. When combined with decorin further synergistc effects were identified. These results suggest that PRP could not only prevent fibrosis but could also stimulate muscle commitment, especially when combined with a TGF-β inhibitor.
Keywords: muscles, skeletal, injuries, TGF-beta, plasma, thrombocytes, myoblasts, fibrosis, prevention, regeneration
Published: 19.06.2017; Views: 333; Downloads: 49
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Rab3a is critical for trapping alpha-MSH granules in the high Ca2+-affinity pool by preventing constitutive exocytosis
Simon Sedej, Maša Skelin, Oliver Schlüter, Marjan Rupnik, 2013, original scientific article

Abstract: Rab3a is a small GTPase of the Rab3 subfamily that acts during late stages of Ca2+-regulated exocytosis. Previous functional analysis in pituitary melanotrophs described Rab3a as a positive regulator of Ca2+-dependent exocytosis. However, the precise role of the Rab3a isoform on the kinetics and intracellular [Ca2+] sensitivity of regulated exocytosis, which may affect the availability of two major peptide hormones, -melanocyte stimulating hormone (-MSH) and -endorphin in plasma, remain elusive. We employed Rab3a knock-out mice (Rab3a KO) to explore the secretory phenotype in melanotrophs from fresh pituitary tissue slices. High resolution capacitance measurements showed that Rab3a KO melanotrophs possessed impaired Ca2+-triggered secretory activity as compared to wild-type cells. The hampered secretion was associated with the absence of cAMP-guanine exchange factor II/ Epac2-dependent secretory component. This component has been attributed to high Ca2+-sensitive release-ready vesicles as determined by slow photo-release of caged Ca2+. Radioimmunoassay revealed that -MSH, but not -endorphin, was elevated in the plasma of Rab3a KO mice, indicating increased constitutive exocytosis of -MSH. Increased constitutive secretion of -MSH from incubated tissue slices was associated with reduced -MSH cellular content in Rab3a-deficient pituitary cells. Viral re-expression of the Rab3a protein in vitro rescued the secretory phenotype of melanotrophs from Rab3a KO mice. In conclusion, we suggest that Rab3a deficiency promotes constitutive secretion and underlies selective impairment of Ca2+-dependent release of -MSH.
Keywords: melanotrophs, exocytosis
Published: 19.06.2017; Views: 447; Downloads: 192
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