Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 193, Issue 1–2, pp 115–118

The CD38-cyclic ADP-ribose signaling system in insulin secretion

  • Hiroshi Okamoto


Glucose induces an increase in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration in pancreatic β-cells to secrete insulin. CD38 occurs in β-cells and has both ADP-ribosyl cyclase, which catalyzes the formation of cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) from NAD+, and cADPR hydrolase, which converts cADPR to ADP-ribose. ATP, produced by glucose metabolism, competes with cADPR for the binding site, Lys-129, of CD38, resulting in the inhibition of the hydrolysis of cADPR and thereby causing cADPR accumulation in β-cells. Cyclic ADP-ribose then binds to FK506-binding protein 12.6 in the ryanodine receptor Ca2+ channel (RyR), dissociating the binding protein from RyR to induce the release of Ca2+ from the endoplasmic reticulum. Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) phosphorylates RyR to sensitize and activate the Ca2+ channel. Ca2+, released from the RyR, further activates CaM kinase II and amplifies the process. Thus, cADPR acts as a second messenger for Ca2+ mobilization to secrete insulin. The novel mechanism of insulin secretion described above is different from the conventional hypothesis in which Ca2+ influx from extracellular sources plays a role in insulin secretion by glucose.

cyclic ADP-ribose CD38 FK506-binding protein ryanodine receptor Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II insulin diabetes 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Okamoto
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryTohuku University School of MedicineSendaiJapan

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