A role for Rho and Rac in secretagogue-induced amylase release by pancreatic acini

Yan Bi, John A. Williams

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The actin cytoskeleton has long been implicated in protein secretion. We investigated whether Rho and Rac, known regulators of the cytoskeleton, are involved in amylase secretion by mouse pancreatic acini. Secretagogues, including cholecystokinin (CCK) and the acetylcholine analog carbachol, increased the amount of GTP-bound RhoA and Rac1 and induced translocation from cytosol to a membrane fraction. Immunocytochemistry revealed the translocation of Rho and Rac within the apical region of the cell. Expression by means of adenoviral vectors of dominant-negative Rho (RhoN19), dominant-negative Rac (RacN17), and Clostridium Botulinum C3 exotoxin, which ADP ribosylates and inactivates Rho, significantly inhibited amylase secretion by CCK and carbachol; inhibiting both Rho and Rac resulted in a greater reduction. This inhibitory effect of RhoN19 on CCK-induced amylase secretion was apparent in both the early and late phases of secretion, whereas RacNl? was more potent on the late phase of secretion. None of these three affected the basal Ca2+ or the peak intracellular Ca2+ concentration stimulated by CCK. Latrunculin, a marine toxin that sequesters actin monomers, time-dependently decreased the total amount of filamentous actin (F-actin) and dose-dependently decreased secretion by secretagogues without affecting Ca2+ signaling. These data suggest that Rho and Rac are both involved in CCK-induced amylase release in pancreatic acinar cell possibly through an effect on the actin cytoskeleton.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C22-C32
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number1 58-1
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Carbachol
  • Cholecystokinin
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Pancreas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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