Cooperativity between the preproinsulin mRNA untranslated regions is necessary for glucose-stimulated translation.


Journal Article

Glucose regulates proinsulin biosynthesis via stimulation of the translation of the preproinsulin mRNA in pancreatic beta-cells. However, the mechanism by which this occurs has remained unclear. Using recombinant adenoviruses that express the preproinsulin mRNA with defined alterations, the untranslated regions (UTRs) of the preproinsulin mRNA were examined for elements that specifically control translation of the mRNA in rat pancreatic islets. These studies revealed that the preproinsulin 5'-UTR was necessary for glucose stimulation of preproinsulin mRNA translation, whereas the 3'-UTR appeared to suppress translation. However, together the 5'- and 3'-UTRs acted cooperatively to markedly increase glucose-induced proinsulin biosynthesis. In primary hepatocytes the presence of the preproinsulin 3'-UTR led to reduced mRNA levels compared with the presence of the SV40 3'-UTR, consistent with the presence of mRNA stability determinants in the 3'-UTR that stabilize the preproinsulin mRNA in a pancreatic beta-cell-specific manner. Translation of these mRNAs in primary hepatocytes was not stimulated by glucose, indicating that regulated translation of the preproinsulin mRNA occurs in a pancreatic beta-cell-specific manner. Thus, the untranslated regions of the preproinsulin mRNA play crucial roles in regulating insulin production and therefore glucose homeostasis by regulating the translation and the stability of the preproinsulin mRNA.

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Cited Authors

  • Wicksteed, B; Herbert, TP; Alarcon, C; Lingohr, MK; Moss, LG; Rhodes, CJ

Published Date

  • June 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 276 / 25

Start / End Page

  • 22553 - 22558

PubMed ID

  • 11297542

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11297542

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1083-351X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.m011214200


  • eng