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Title: Effects of cold atmospheric plasma generated in deionized water in cell cancer therapy
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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Journal Name:
Plasma Processes and Polymers
Medium: X Size: p. 1151-1156
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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    Pancreatic beta cells secrete insulin in response to plasma glucose. The ATP‐sensitive potassium channel (KATP) links glucose metabolism to islet electrical activity in these cells by responding to increased cytosolic [ATP]/[ADP]. It was recently proposed that pyruvate kinase (PK) in close proximity to beta cell KATPlocally produces the ATP that inhibits KATPactivity. This proposal was largely based on the observation that applying phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) and ADP to the cytoplasmic side of excised inside‐out patches inhibited KATP. To test the relative contributions of local vs. mitochondrial ATP production, we recorded KATPactivity using mouse beta cells and INS‐1 832/13 cells. In contrast to prior reports, we could not replicate inhibition of KATPactivity by PEP + ADP. However, when the pH of the PEP solutions was not corrected for the addition of PEP, strong channel inhibition was observed as a result of the well‐known action of protons to inhibit KATP. In cell‐attached recordings, perifusing either a PK activator or an inhibitor had little or no effect on KATPchannel closure by glucose, further suggesting that PK is not an important regulator of KATP. In contrast, addition of mitochondrial inhibitors robustly increased KATPactivity. Finally, by measuring the [ATP]/[ADP] responses to imposed calcium oscillations in mouse beta cells, we found that oxidative phosphorylation could raise [ATP]/[ADP] even when ADP was at its nadir during the burst silent phase, in agreement with our mathematical model. These results indicate that ATP produced by mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation is the primary controller of KATPin pancreatic beta cells.image

    Key points

    Phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) plus adenosine diphosphate does not inhibit KATPactivity in excised patches. PEP solutions only inhibit KATPactivity if the pH is unbalanced.

    Modulating pyruvate kinase has minimal effects on KATPactivity.

    Mitochondrial inhibition, in contrast, robustly potentiates KATPactivity in cell‐attached patches.

    Although the ADP level falls during the silent phase of calcium oscillations, mitochondria can still produce enough ATP via oxidative phosphorylation to close KATP.

    Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation is therefore the main source of the ATP that inhibits the KATPactivity of pancreatic beta cells.

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