Isolation of ethanol-induced genes in pancreatic β-cells by representational difference analysis (RDA)

Jun Seop Shin, Young Sam Kwon, Jae Jeong Lee, Chan Wha Kim

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Recent epidemiological studies suggest that alcohol consumption is one of the risk factors leading to type 2 diabetes, but the direct effect of ethanol on β-cell gene expression is not known. Here, using cDNA RDA method, we isolated 43 ethanol-induced genes in pancreatic β-cells, and confirmed their differential expression by Northern blot or semi-quantitative RT-PCR. These genes were further categorized by the functional criteria based on the published data; Translation, Transcription, Metabolism, Signal transduction, Transport, Structure, Cytoskeleton, Regulation, or Putative/Unknown genes. The effects of each gene on β-cell function need to be further investigated, however, the present data strongly suggest that these genes might be related to the metabolic alterations caused by ethanol as indicated in earlier study. In particular, RPS3 gene expression was increased by ethanol, glucosamine, and cytokines, implying that ethanol might decrease the metabolic activity by oxidative stress in β-cells. Therefore, cloning of these genes in full-length and the detailed studies of each gene on β-cell functions might provide clues on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes caused by alcohol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental and Molecular Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb 29


  • Differential expression
  • Ethanol
  • Pancreatic β-cell
  • RDA
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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