Microfluidic Device for the Measurement of Amino Acid Secretion Dynamics from Murine and Human Islets of Langerhans.


Islets of Langerhans are the regulators of in vivo blood glucose levels through the secretion of endocrine hormones. Amino acids, released from various cells within islets or from intrapancreatic neurons, are hypothesized to further adjust hormone secretions. In contrast to the well-accepted mechanism of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, several questions remain as to the function of amino acids in the regulation of hormone release from islets. To understand the autocrine and paracrine roles that amino acids play in islet physiology, a microfluidic system was developed to perform online monitoring of the secretion profiles of amino acids from 2-5 islets. The device contained an islet chamber with the ability to perfuse stimulants and an amino acid measurement system with derivatization and electrophoretic separation integrated on a single microchip. The setup was optimized to allow -15 kV to be applied to the device for high efficiency and rapid separations of derivatized amino acids. The compositions of the derivatization and separation buffers were optimized to prevent precipitations in the channels, which allowed continuous monitoring of secretion for over 2 h. With this method, 10 amino acids were resolved with limits of detection ranging from 1 to 20 nM. When murine islets were perfused with 3 mM glucose, the secretion rates of 9 amino acids were measured and ranged from 30 to 400 fmol islet(-1) min(-1). As the glucose concentration was increased to 20 mM, the dynamic changes of amino acids were monitored. The biological relevance of the amino acid secretions was verified using 2,4-dinitrophenol as an inhibitor of the proton motive force. The microfluidic system was also used to measure dynamic changes of amino acid release from human islets, which showed different release profiles compared to their murine counterparts.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b00071

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@article{Wang2016MicrofluidicDF, title={Microfluidic Device for the Measurement of Amino Acid Secretion Dynamics from Murine and Human Islets of Langerhans.}, author={Xue Wang and Lian Yi and Michael G. Roper}, journal={Analytical chemistry}, year={2016}, volume={88 6}, pages={3369-75} }