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Altered insulin receptor signalling and beta-cell cycle dynamics in type 2 diabetes mellitus


Insulin resistance, reduced beta-cell mass, and hyperglucagonemia are consistent features in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We used pancreas and islets from humans with T2DM to examine the regulation of insulin signaling and cell-cycle control of islet cells. We observed reduced beta-cell mass and increased alpha-cell mass in the Type 2 diabetic pancreas. Confocal microscopy, real-time PCR and western blotting analyses revealed increased expression of PCNA and down-regulation of p27-Kip1 and altered expression of insulin receptors, insulin receptor substrate-2 and phosphorylated BAD. To investigate the mechanisms underlying these findings, we examined a mouse model of insulin resistance in beta-cells--which also exhibits reduced beta-cell mass, the beta-cell-specific insulin receptor knockout (betaIRKO). Freshly isolated islets and beta-cell lines derived from betaIRKO mice exhibited poor cell-cycle progression, nuclear restriction of FoxO1 and reduced expression of cell-cycle proteins favoring growth arrest. Re-expression of insulin receptors in betaIRKO beta-cells reversed the defects and promoted cell cycle progression and proliferation implying a role for insulin-signaling in beta-cell growth. These data provide evidence that human beta- and alpha-cells can enter the cell-cycle, but proliferation of beta-cells in T2DM fails due to G1-to-S phase arrest secondary to defective insulin signaling. Activation of insulin signaling, FoxO1 and proteins in beta-cell-cycle progression are attractive therapeutic targets to enhance beta-cell regeneration in the treatment of T2DM.

Type Journal
ISBN 1932-6203 (Electronic) 1932-6203 (Linking)
Authors Folli, F.; Okada, T.; Perego, C.; Gunton, J.; Liew, C. W.; Akiyama, M.; D'Amico, A.; La Rosa, S.; Placidi, C.; Lupi, R.; Marchetti, P.; Sesti, G.; Hellerstein, M.; Perego, L.; Kulkarni, R. N.;
Publisher Name PLoS One
Published Date 2011-01-01
Published Volume 6
Published Issue 11
Published Pages e28050
Status Published in-print
OpenAccess link to author's accepted manuscript version