The sodium contents of β-cell-rich pancreatic islets from ob/ob-mice were measured with an integrating flame photometer. After washing to an apparent steady state with different types of ice-cold media, islets incubated in the absence of glucose contained 79–108 mmol sodium kg−1 dry weight. Exposure to glucose resulted in 25 % reduction of the islet content of sodium. This effect became manifest in the presence of 5 mM glucose, there being no additional reduction with a further increase of glucose to 20 mM. Depression of Na+ activity may partially explain why glucose, under certain conditions, can lower cytoplasmic Ca2+ and even inhibit insulin release.

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