Anoctamin 1 (Ano1) is required for glucose-induced membrane potential oscillations and insulin secretion by murine β-cells

Pflugers Arch. 2016 Apr;468(4):573-91. doi: 10.1007/s00424-015-1758-5. Epub 2015 Nov 18.


Anions such as Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) are well known to play an important role in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). In this study, we demonstrate that glucose-induced Cl(-) efflux from β-cells is mediated by the Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channel anoctamin 1 (Ano1). Ano1 expression in rat β-cells is demonstrated by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry. Typical Ano1 currents are observed in whole-cell and inside-out patches in the presence of intracellular Ca(++): at 1 μM, the Cl(-) current is outwardly rectifying, and at 2 μM, it becomes almost linear. The relative permeabilities of monovalent anions are NO3 (-) (1.83 ± 0.10) > Br(-) (1.42 ± 0.07) > Cl(-) (1.0). A linear single-channel current-voltage relationship shows a conductance of 8.37 pS. These currents are nearly abolished by blocking Ano1 antibodies or by the inhibitors 2-(5-ethyl-4-hydroxy-6-methylpyrimidin-2-ylthio)-N-(4-(4-methoxyphenyl)thiazol-2-yl)acetamide (T-AO1) and tannic acid (TA). These inhibitors induce a strong decrease of 16.7-mM glucose-stimulated action potential rate (at least 87 % on dispersed cells) and a partial membrane repolarization with T-AO1. They abolish or strongly inhibit the GSIS increment at 8.3 mM and at 16.7 mM glucose. Blocking Ano1 antibodies also abolish the 16.7-mM GSIS increment. Combined treatment with bumetanide and acetazolamide in low Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) media provokes a 65 % reduction in action potential (AP) amplitude and a 15-mV AP peak repolarization. Although the mechanism triggering Ano1 opening remains to be established, the present data demonstrate that Ano1 is required to sustain glucose-stimulated membrane potential oscillations and insulin secretion.

Keywords: Chloride; Islet; TMEM16A.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anoctamin-1
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chloride Channels / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Chloride Channels / metabolism*
  • Chlorides / metabolism
  • Exocytosis
  • Glucose / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Insulin / metabolism*
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / metabolism*
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / physiology
  • Membrane Potentials*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar


  • ANO1 protein, mouse
  • Anoctamin-1
  • Chloride Channels
  • Chlorides
  • Insulin
  • Glucose
  • Calcium