Pulsatile insulin release from pancreatic islets with nonoscillatory elevation of cytoplasmic Ca2+.

The relationship between insulin release and cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) was studied in isolated pancreatic islets from ob/ob mice. Although [Ca2+]i was low and stable in the presence of 3 mM glucose, basal insulin release exhibited low amplitude pulsatility, with a frequency of 0.32 +/- 0.04 min-1. Depolarization by raising K+ from 5.9 to 30.9… (More)