Ablation of PERK resulted in abnormal accumulation of proinsulin and ERp72 in beta cells. A. At 48 hr post-transduction, some of AdDNPerk-infected 832/13 cells had abnormal accumulation of proinsulin in the ER (upper panel, left arrow). ERp72 is upregulated in cells infected with AdDNPerk and the increase in ERp72 staining appeared earlier than the Impacted-ER phenotype (upper panel, right arrow). In contrast, cells infected with the AdLacZ-832/13 control exhibited normal Golgi localization of proinsulin (lower panel, arrow). B. ERp72 is abnormally retained in Perk KO beta cells in neonatal P1 mice. Double staining for both proinsulin and ERp72 demonstrates higher expression of ERp72 in beta cells than in exocrine cells and other endocrine cells in both WT and KO. In KO cells the ERp72 antibody stains balloon-like structures (shown in the inset). The data represent three or more independent mice for each genotype.
Feng et al. BMC Cell Biology 2009 10:61 doi:10.1186/1471-2121-10-61