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Proteomic characterisation of pancreatic islet β-cells stimulated with pancreatic carcinoma cell conditioned medium
  1. G Song,
  2. Y Cui,
  3. N Zhong,
  4. J Han
  1. Shandong Medicinal Biotechnology Center, Shandong Academy of Medicinal Sciences, Key Laboratory for Biotech-Drugs Ministry of Health & Key Laboratory for Modern Medicine and Technology of Shandong Province, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr J Han, Shandong Medicinal Biotechnology Center, Shandong Academy of Medicinal Sciences, 89 Jingshi Road, Jinan, Shandong Province, P.R. China; jxhan9888{at}


Aim: To characterise the protein expression profiles of pancreatic islet β-cells affected by cancer cells, and to identify the potential islet molecules related to pancreatic cancer-associated diabetes.

Methods: The cellular proteins of islet β-cell line INS-1 in response to conditioned medium (CM) prepared from pancreatic cancer cells were analysed using fluorescence-labelled 2D gel-based proteomics (2D-DIGE).

Results: 10 proteins were over-expressed and five were under-expressed in cancer CM-stimulated β-cells. Five differently expressed proteins were selected for further validation by Western blot analysis. HSP60 and peripherin, which have previously been reported to be associated with type 1 diabetes, and Prp19, a DNA repair protein, were up-regulated in INS-1 cells after cancer cell CM stimulation; HMOX1 and GRP78 were down-regulated. The islets adjacent to human pancreatic carcinomas showed increased peripherin expression than normal pancreatic islets.

Conclusion: These results provide new information regarding the regulation of protein expression in pancreatic cancer-associated diabetes.

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  • Funding This work was supported by Key Project of Department of Science & Technology of Shandong Province, China (No.2005GG1102003).

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and Peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was obtained.