Role of zinc in pancreatic beta cell physiology

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Role of zinc in pancreatic beta cell physiology

Zinc has an important role in normal pancreatic beta cell physiology as it regulates gene transcription, insulin crystallization and secretion, and cell survival. Nevertheless, little is known about how zinc is transported through the plasma membrane of beta cells and which of the class of zinc influx transporters (Zip) is involved. Zip4 was previously shown to be expressed in human and mouse beta cells; however, its function there is still unknown.

Courtesy: Hardy et al., 2015

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