The 150-kDa oxygen-regulated protein (ORP150) is a member of glucose-regulated proteins (GRPs), which are induced by stressful conditions such as oxygen or glucose deprivation. Here we investigated the highly abundant expression of ORP150 in mouse pancreas and its relationship with insulin secretion. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that ORP150 expression was restricted to islets, especially to beta cells. The beta cell-specific expression was also observed in a mouse insulinoma cell line, MIN6, which secretes insulin in response to increased glucose concentration. Furthermore, ORP150 in islets dramatically diminished by fasting, concomitant with reduction of the serum insulin level. These results strongly suggest the role for ORP150 in insulin secretion.
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