The role of the transcription factor ETV5 in insulin exocytosis

Ruth Gutierrez-Aguilar, Dong Hoon Kim, Marina Casimir, Xiao Qing Dai, Paul T. Pfluger, Jongsun Park, April Haller, Elizabeth Donelan, Jisoo Park, David D'Alessio, Stephen C. Woods, Patrick E. MacDonald, Randy J. Seeley

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Aims/hypothesis: Genome-wide association studies have revealed an association of the transcription factor ETS variant gene 5 (ETV5) with human obesity. However, its role in glucose homeostasis and energy balance is unknown. Methods: Etv5 knockout (KO) mice were monitored weekly for body weight (BW) and food intake. Body composition was measured at 8 and 16 weeks of age. Glucose metabolism was studied, and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion was measured in vivo and in vitro. Results: Etv5 KO mice are smaller and leaner, and have a reduced BW and lower fat mass than their wild-type controls on a chow diet. When exposed to a high-fat diet, KO mice are resistant to diet-induced BW gain. Despite a greater insulin sensitivity, KO mice have profoundly impaired glucose tolerance associated with impaired insulin secretion. Morphometric analysis revealed smaller islets and a reduced beta cell size in the pancreatic islets of Etv5 KO mice. Knockdown of ETV5 in an insulin-secreting cell line or beta cells from human donors revealed intact mitochondrial and Ca2+ channel activity, but reduced insulin exocytosis. Conclusion/interpretation: This work reveals a critical role for ETV5 in specifically regulating insulin secretion both in vitro and in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-391
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb


  • Beta cell
  • ETV5
  • Genome-wide association study
  • Glucose homeostasis
  • Insulin exocytosis
  • Insulin secretion
  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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