Oxytocin Protects against Stress-Induced Cell Death in Murine Pancreatic β-Cells

Sayaka Watanabe, Fan Yan Wei, Tomomi Matsunaga, Nanami Matsunaga, Taku Kaitsuka, Kazuhito Tomizawa

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Oxytocin (Oxt) is a key neuropeptide that regulates maternal behaviors as well as social behaviors in mammals. Interestingly, recent studies have shown that the impairment of Oxt signaling is associated with the disturbance of metabolic homeostasis, resulting in obesity and diabetes. However, the molecular mechanism by which Oxt signaling controls metabolic responses is largely unknown. Here, we report that Oxt signaling attenuates the death of pancreatic beta cells in islets exposed to cytotoxic stresses. The protective effect of Oxt was diminished in islets isolated from oxytocin receptor knockout (Oxtr-/-) mice. Oxtr-/- mice developed normally, but exhibited impaired insulin secretion and showed glucose intolerance under a high-fat diet. Mechanistically, the deficiency of Oxtr impaired MAPK/ERK-CREB signaling, which exaggerated the endoplasmic reticulum stress response and ultimately increased the death of beta cells in pancreatic islets under stressed conditions. These results reveal that Oxt protects pancreatic beta cells against death caused by metabolic stress, and Oxt signaling may be a potential therapeutic target.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25185
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 4 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Oxytocin
Cell Death
Oxytocin Receptors
Insulin-Secreting Cells
Knockout Mice
Maternal Behavior
Physiological Stress
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
Glucose Intolerance
Social Behavior
High Fat Diet
Neuropeptides
Islets of Langerhans
Mammals
Homeostasis
Obesity
Insulin

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Watanabe, S., Wei, F. Y., Matsunaga, T., Matsunaga, N., Kaitsuka, T., & Tomizawa, K. (2016). Oxytocin Protects against Stress-Induced Cell Death in Murine Pancreatic β-Cells. Scientific Reports, 6, [25185]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep25185

Oxytocin Protects against Stress-Induced Cell Death in Murine Pancreatic β-Cells. / Watanabe, Sayaka; Wei, Fan Yan; Matsunaga, Tomomi; Matsunaga, Nanami; Kaitsuka, Taku; Tomizawa, Kazuhito.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 6, 25185, 04.05.2016.

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Watanabe, S, Wei, FY, Matsunaga, T, Matsunaga, N, Kaitsuka, T & Tomizawa, K 2016, 'Oxytocin Protects against Stress-Induced Cell Death in Murine Pancreatic β-Cells', Scientific Reports, vol. 6, 25185. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep25185
Watanabe S, Wei FY, Matsunaga T, Matsunaga N, Kaitsuka T, Tomizawa K. Oxytocin Protects against Stress-Induced Cell Death in Murine Pancreatic β-Cells. Scientific Reports. 2016 May 4;6. 25185. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep25185
Watanabe, Sayaka ; Wei, Fan Yan ; Matsunaga, Tomomi ; Matsunaga, Nanami ; Kaitsuka, Taku ; Tomizawa, Kazuhito. / Oxytocin Protects against Stress-Induced Cell Death in Murine Pancreatic β-Cells. In: Scientific Reports. 2016 ; Vol. 6.
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