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Stress Signalling

Stress signalling

Rising of blood glucose levels leads to release of insulin by beta cells. This process requires oxygen consumption. When beta cells are challenge to release high amounts of insulin, oxygen levels can become limiting leading to cellular hypoxia.

In response to hypoxia, the transcription factor HIF-1a is activated and upregulates the expression of genes that regulate the adaptation to cellular hypoxia. The occurrence of cellular hypoxia on beta cells will impact beta cell function and survival.

Project leader

Research Assistant

Teresa Pereira

Unit: Signaltransduction


People working on Stress Signalling

Galyna Bryzgalova

Senior lab manager
K1 Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

Read more about Stress Signalling

Acute hypoxia induces apoptosis of pancreatic β-cell by activation of the unfolded protein response and upregulation of CHOP.
Zheng X, Zheng X, Wang X, Ma Z, Gupta Sunkari V, Botusan I, et al
Cell Death Dis 2012 Jun;3():e322