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About me

[Note to overseas students and fellows: If you want to join my lab as a Ph.D. student or as a postdoctoral fellow, and if you have funding from external sources to support your stay in Stockholm, you may feel free to contact me to start an informal discussion. See this link for more information ]


Research description

The goal of my group is to discover anything that might contribute, directly or indirectly, to the prevention and cure of diabetes and its complications. We are studying the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in the islet cells, with a focus on calcium signaling and ion channels, in the context of the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of diabetes. Our research is at cell and molecular level and the relevance of results obtained from such research is not immediately obvious. A look at our publications may give an idea about what we are interested in and what we have been doing during the past years: 

Expression of Transient Receptor Potential Channels in the Purified Human Pancreatic β-Cells.
Marabita F, Islam M
Pancreas 2017 01;46(1):97-101

Thrombolytic Therapy by Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Pulmonary Embolism.
Islam M
Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 2017 ;906():67-74

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension.
Islam M
Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 2017 ;956():109-116

Extensive Computed Tomography versus Limited Screening for Detection of Occult Cancer in Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism: A Multicenter, Controlled, Randomized Clinical Trial.
Prandoni P, Bernardi E, Valle F, Visonà A, Tropeano P, Bova C, et al
Semin. Thromb. Hemost. 2016 Nov;42(8):884-890

Recent Advances in Thrombosis and Hemostasis - Part I.
Schulman S, Islam M
Semin. Thromb. Hemost. 2016 Nov;42(8):805-807

Calcium signaling in a genetically engineered human pancreatic β-cell line.
Krishnan K, Ma Z, Björklund A, Islam M
Pancreas 2015 Jul;44(5):773-7

Berzelius Symposium 93: International Conference on Thrombosis and Embolism.
Islam M, Schulman S
Semin. Thromb. Hemost. 2017 Nov;43(8):811-813

Hypertension: From Basic Research to Clinical Practice.
Islam M
Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 2017 ;956():1-2

[6]-shogaol induces Ca²⁺ signals by activating the TRPV1 channels in the rat insulinoma INS-1E cells.
Rebellato P, Islam M
JOP 2014 Jan;15(1):33-7

Expression of the coiled coil domain containing protein 116 in the pancreatic islets and endocrine pancreatic tumors.
Tsolakis A, Grimelius L, Islam M
Islets ;4(5):349-53

Insulin-secreting INS-1E cells express functional TRPV1 channels.
Fågelskiöld A, Kannisto K, Boström A, Hadrovic B, Farre C, Eweida M, et al
Islets ;4(1):56-63

TRP channels of islets.
Islam M
Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 2011 ;704():811-30

CICR takes centre stage in {beta}-cells: a cute cascade connects cAMP to CICR.
Islam M
J. Physiol. (Lond.) 2010 Dec;588(Pt 24):4853

An estimated 285 million people in the world have islet failure.
Islam M
Islets ;2(4):209

ADP ribose is an endogenous ligand for the purinergic P2Y1 receptor.
Gustafsson A, Muraro L, Dahlberg C, Migaud M, Chevallier O, Khanh H, et al
Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. 2011 Feb;333(1):8-19

Transient Receptor Potential channels: What's happening? Reflections in the wake of the 2009 TRP Meeting, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Goswami C, Islam M
Channels (Austin) ;4(2):124-35

The islets of Langerhans. Preface.
Islam M
Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 2010 ;654():vii-viii

Calcium signaling in the islets.
Islam M
Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 2010 ;654():235-59

H2O2-induced Ca2+ influx and its inhibition by N-(p-amylcinnamoyl) anthranilic acid in the beta-cells: involvement of TRPM2 channels.
Bari M, Akbar S, Eweida M, Kühn F, Gustafsson A, Lückhoff A, et al
J. Cell. Mol. Med. 2009 Sep;13(9B):3260-7

Arachidonic acid is a physiological activator of the ryanodine receptor in pancreatic beta-cells.
Woolcott O, Gustafsson A, Dzabic M, Pierro C, Tedeschi P, Sandgren J, et al
Cell Calcium 2006 Jun;39(6):529-37

[Cellular calcium ion signalling--from basic research to benefits for patients].
Gustafsson A, Islam M
Lakartidningen ;102(44):3214-9

Effects of galnon, a non-peptide galanin-receptor agonist, on insulin release from rat pancreatic islets.
Quynh N, Islam M, Islam S, Florén A, Bartfai T, Langel U, et al
Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 2005 Mar;328(1):213-20

Engineered beta-cells secreting dipeptidyl peptidase IV-resistant glucagon-like peptide-1 show enhanced glucose-responsiveness.
Islam M, Rahman S, Mirzaei Z, Islam K
Life Sci. 2005 Jan;76(11):1239-48

Ryanodine receptor-operated activation of TRP-like channels can trigger critical Ca2+ signaling events in pancreatic beta-cells.
Gustafsson A, Ingelman-Sundberg H, Dzabic M, Awasum J, Nguyen K, Ostenson C, et al
FASEB J. 2005 Feb;19(2):301-3

Ryanodine receptors of pancreatic beta-cells mediate a distinct context-dependent signal for insulin secretion.
Bruton J, Lemmens R, Shi C, Persson-Sjögren S, Westerblad H, Ahmed M, et al
FASEB J. 2003 Feb;17(2):301-3

The ryanodine receptor calcium channel of beta-cells: molecular regulation and physiological significance.
Islam M
Diabetes 2002 May;51(5):1299-309

Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release from the endoplasmic reticulum amplifies the Ca2+ signal mediated by activation of voltage-gated L-type Ca2+ channels in pancreatic beta-cells.
Lemmens R, Larsson O, Berggren P, Islam M
J. Biol. Chem. 2001 Mar;276(13):9971-7

Fetal pancreatic islets express functional leptin receptors and leptin stimulates proliferation of fetal islet cells.
Islam M, Sjöholm A, Emilsson V
Int. J. Obes. Relat. Metab. Disord. 2000 Oct;24(10):1246-53

Effects of ryanodine receptor agonist 4-chloro-m-cresol on myoplasmic free Ca2+ concentration and force of contraction in mouse skeletal muscle.
Westerblad H, Andrade F, Islam M
Cell Calcium 1998 Aug;24(2):105-15

Cell signaling by the type IV pili of pathogenic Neisseria.
Källström H, Islam M, Berggren P, Jonsson A
J. Biol. Chem. 1998 Aug;273(34):21777-82

In situ activation of the type 2 ryanodine receptor in pancreatic beta cells requires cAMP-dependent phosphorylation.
Islam M, Leibiger I, Leibiger B, Rossi D, Sorrentino V, Ekström T, et al
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 1998 May;95(11):6145-50

Cyclic ADP-ribose and the pancreatic beta cell: where do we stand?
Islam M, Berggren P
Diabetologia 1997 Dec;40(12):1480-4

Rat insulinoma-derived pancreatic beta-cells express a functional leptin receptor that mediates a proliferative response.
Islam M, Morton N, Hansson A, Emilsson V
Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 1997 Sep;238(3):851-5

Thiol oxidation by 2,2'-dithiodipyridine causes a reversible increase in cytoplasmic free Ca2+ concentration in pancreatic beta-cells. Role for inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate-sensitive Ca2+ stores.
Islam M, Kindmark H, Larsson O, Berggren P
Biochem. J. 1997 Jan;321 ( Pt 2)():347-54

Insulin exocytosis and glucose-mediated increase in cytoplasmic free Ca2+ concentration in the pancreatic beta-cell are independent of cyclic ADP-ribose.
Webb D, Islam M, Efanov A, Brown G, Köhler M, Larsson O, et al
J. Biol. Chem. 1996 Aug;271(32):19074-9

Effects of caffeine on cytoplasmic free Ca2+ concentration in pancreatic beta-cells are mediated by interaction with ATP-sensitive K+ channels and L-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels but not the ryanodine receptor.
Islam M, Larsson O, Nilsson T, Berggren P
Biochem. J. 1995 Mar;306 ( Pt 3)():679-86

Inhibition of serine/threonine protein phosphatases promotes opening of voltage-activated L-type Ca2+ channels in insulin-secreting cells.
Haby C, Larsson O, Islam M, Aunis D, Berggren P, Zwiller J
Biochem. J. 1994 Mar;298 ( Pt 2)():341-6

Mobilization of Ca2+ by thapsigargin and 2,5-di-(t-butyl)-1,4-benzohydroquinone in permeabilized insulin-secreting RINm5F cells: evidence for separate uptake and release compartments in inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate-sensitive Ca2+ pool.
Islam M, Berggren P
Biochem. J. 1993 Jul;293 ( Pt 2)():423-9

Sulfhydryl oxidation induces rapid and reversible closure of the ATP-regulated K+ channel in the pancreatic beta-cell.
Islam M, Berggren P, Larsson O
FEBS Lett. 1993 Mar;319(1-2):128-32

Regulation of cytoplasmic free Ca2+ in insulin-secreting cells.
Berggren P, Arkhammar P, Islam M, Juntti-Berggren L, Khan A, Kindmark H, et al
Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 1993 ;334():25-45

Ca(2+)-induced Ca2+ release in insulin-secreting cells.
Islam M, Rorsman P, Berggren P
FEBS Lett. 1992 Jan;296(3):287-91

Interaction with the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor promotes Ca2+ sequestration in permeabilised insulin-secreting cells.
Islam M, Nilsson T, Rorsman P, Berggren P
FEBS Lett. 1991 Aug;288(1-2):27-9

Drug policy in the Third World.
Islam M
Lancet 1985 Jul;2(8445):46-7

Multiple reuse of disposable insulin syringes in hospital.
Islam M, Ali S
Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull 1990 Dec;16(2):58-61

Stool findings in "chronic dysentery".
Azad Khan A, Islam M, Haque S
Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull 1981 Jun;7(1):7-11

Predicting first professional M.B.B.S. examination score from the results of H.S.C. examination.
Islam M, Azad Khan A
Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull 1980 Dec;6(2):61-72

Academic honours, awards and prizes


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