Vesicular binesis: glucose effect on insulin secretory vesicles

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Science  17 Jan 1975:
Vol. 187, Issue 4172, pp. 177-179
DOI: 10.1126/science.1089309


Binesis is a process whereby the membrane of the insuline secretory vesicle in the beta cell forms a lingula that indents the vesicular membrane of an adjoining secretory vesicle of the plasma membrane. Vesicular binesis in beta cells increases when islets of Langerhans are incubated at a stimulatory glucose concentration (300 miligrams per 100 milliliters). These vesicular membrane alterations may be the morphological concomitants of activation of the insulin secretory vesicle, and indicate an active role for the vesicle and its membrane in the release mechanism.