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author = {Buenaventura, T and Bitsi, S and Laughlin, WE and Burgoyne, T and Lyu, Z and Oqua, AI and Norman, H and McGlone, ER and Klymchenko, AS and CorrĂȘa, IR and Walker, A and Inoue, A and Hanyaloglu, A and Grimes, J and Koszegi, Z and Calebiro, D and Rutter, GA and Bloom, SR and Jones, B and Tomas, A},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pbio.3000097},
journal = {PLoS Biology},
pages = {1--40},
title = {Agonist-induced membrane nanodomain clustering drives GLP-1 receptor responses in pancreatic beta cells.},
url = {},
volume = {17},
year = {2019}

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AB - The glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R), a key pharmacological target in type 2 diabetes (T2D) and obesity, undergoes rapid endocytosis after stimulation by endogenous and therapeutic agonists. We have previously highlighted the relevance of this process in fine-tuning GLP-1R responses in pancreatic beta cells to control insulin secretion. In the present study, we demonstrate an important role for the translocation of active GLP-1Rs into liquid-ordered plasma membrane nanodomains, which act as hotspots for optimal coordination of intracellular signaling and clathrin-mediated endocytosis. This process is dynamically regulated by agonist binding through palmitoylation of the GLP-1R at its carboxyl-terminal tail. Biased GLP-1R agonists and small molecule allosteric modulation both influence GLP-1R palmitoylation, clustering, nanodomain signaling, and internalization. Downstream effects on insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells indicate that these processes are relevant to GLP-1R physiological actions and might be therapeutically targetable.
AU - Buenaventura,T
AU - Bitsi,S
AU - Laughlin,WE
AU - Burgoyne,T
AU - Lyu,Z
AU - Oqua,AI
AU - Norman,H
AU - McGlone,ER
AU - Klymchenko,AS
AU - CorrĂȘa,IR
AU - Walker,A
AU - Inoue,A
AU - Hanyaloglu,A
AU - Grimes,J
AU - Koszegi,Z
AU - Calebiro,D
AU - Rutter,GA
AU - Bloom,SR
AU - Jones,B
AU - Tomas,A
DO - 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000097
EP - 40
PY - 2019///
SN - 1544-9173
SP - 1
TI - Agonist-induced membrane nanodomain clustering drives GLP-1 receptor responses in pancreatic beta cells.
T2 - PLoS Biology
UR -
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VL - 17
ER -