Phenothiazine neuroleptics signal to the human insulin promoter as revealed by a novel high-throughput screen.


A number of diabetogenic stimuli interact to influence insulin promoter activity, making it an attractive target for both mechanistic studies and therapeutic interventions. High-throughput screening (HTS) for insulin promoter modulators has the potential to reveal novel inputs into the control of that central element of the pancreatic beta-cell. A cell line from human islets in which the expression of insulin and other beta-cell-restricted genes are modulated by an inducible form of the bHLH transcription factor E47 was developed. This cell line, T6PNE, was adapted for HTS by transduction with a vector expressing green fluorescent protein under the control of the human insulin promoter. The resulting cell line was screened against a library of known drugs for those that increase insulin promoter activity. Members of the phenothiazine class of neuroleptics increased insulin gene expression upon short-term exposure. Chronic treatment, however, resulted in suppression of insulin promoter activity, consistent with the effect of phenothiazines observed clinically to induce diabetes in chronically treated patients. In addition to providing insights into previously unrecognized targets and mechanisms of action of phenothiazines, the novel cell line described here provides a broadly applicable platform for mining new molecular drug targets and central regulators of beta-cell differentiated function.

DOI: 10.1177/1087057110372257

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@article{Kiselyuk2010PhenothiazineNS, title={Phenothiazine neuroleptics signal to the human insulin promoter as revealed by a novel high-throughput screen.}, author={Alice Kiselyuk and Suzette E. Farber-Katz and Tom Cohen and Seung-Hee Lee and Ifat Geron and Behrad Azimi and Susanne Heynen-Genel and Oded Singer and Jeffrey H. Price and Mark Mercola and Pamela Itkin-Ansari and Fred Levine}, journal={Journal of biomolecular screening}, year={2010}, volume={15 6}, pages={663-70} }