Probing the missing mature β-cell proteomic landscape in differentiating patient iPSC-derived cells

Sci Rep. 2017 Jul 6;7(1):4780. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-04979-w.


MODY1 is a maturity-onset monogenic diabetes, caused by heterozygous mutations of the HNF4A gene. To date the cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to disease onset remain largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that insulin-positive cells can be generated in vitro from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) derived from patients carrying a non-sense HNF4A mutation, proving for the first time, that a human HNF4A mutation is neither blocking the expression of the insulin genes nor the development of insulin-producing cells in vitro. However, regardless of the mutation or diabetes status, these insulin-producing cells are immature, a common downfall off most current β-cell differentiation protocols. To further address the immature state of the cells, in vitro differentiated cells and adult human islets were compared by global proteomic analysis. We report the predicted upstream regulators and signalling pathways characterizing the proteome landscape of each entity. Subsequently, we focused on the molecular components absent or misregulated in the in vitro differentiated cells, to probe the components involved in the deficient in vitro maturation towards fully functional β-cells. This analysis identified the modulation of key developmental signalling pathways representing potential targets for improving the efficiency of the current differentiation protocols.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Cell Differentiation*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / genetics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / physiology*
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / cytology
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / physiology*
  • Islets of Langerhans
  • Male
  • Models, Genetic
  • Proteome / analysis*


  • Proteome

Supplementary concepts

  • Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young, Type 1