Decreasing Txnip mRNA and protein levels in pancreatic MIN6 cells reduces reactive oxygen species and restores glucose regulated insulin secretion

Cell Physiol Biochem. 2010;25(6):667-74. doi: 10.1159/000315086. Epub 2010 May 18.


Background and aims: Recently, thioredoxin-interacting protein (Txnip) expression has been implicated in a number of cellular events associated with diabetes, with increased Txnip levels associated with reduced glucose uptake into peripheral tissues, increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) in endothelial cells, beta cell glucotoxicity and apoptosis. The potential relevance of Txnip with regards to glucose-regulated insulin secretion (GSIS), a fundamentally important characteristic of beta cells and insulin-producing cells being considered as a possible cell therapy for diabetes, has not yet been investigated.

Methods: Here, studying glucose-responsive MIN6 B1(GSIS) and cells which had significantly reduced response to glucose after time in culture i.e. MIN6 B1(Non-GSIS), using ELISAs; qRT-PCR; immunoprecipitation and Western blotting; transient and stable (siRNA/shRNA and cDNA) approaches to achieve Txnip knock-down or over-expression, respectively,we established a direct association between Txnip expression and GSIS.

Results: Specifically, increasing Txnip levels correlate with increased intracellular ROS levels and with significant GSIS loss.Conversely, both transient and stable knock-down of Txnip expression was associated with GSIS recovery.

Conclusion: This, we believe, is another reason in favour of targeting Txnip as a novel approach for diabetes-related therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Gene Knockdown Techniques
  • Glucose / metabolism*
  • Insulin / metabolism*
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / cytology
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / metabolism*
  • Pancreas / cytology
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics*
  • RNA, Small Interfering / genetics
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism*
  • Thioredoxins / genetics*
  • Thioredoxins / metabolism


  • Insulin
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Thioredoxins
  • Glucose