Uncoupling protein 2 knockout mice have enhanced ...
|Title||Uncoupling protein 2 knockout mice have enhanced insulin secretory capacity after a high-fat diet|
|Author(s)||J. Joseph, V. Koshkin, C. Zhang, J. Wang, B. Lowell, C. Chan, M. Wheeler|
|Abstract||Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) may act as an important regulator of insulin secretion. In this study, beta-cell function in UCP2-deficient mice was examined after a 45% high-fat diet (HFD) to assess its role during the development of diet-induced type 2 diabetes. HFD-fed UCP2 (-/-) mice have lower fasting blood glucose and elevated insulin levels when compared with wild-type (WT) mice. UCP2 (-/-) mice also have enhanced beta-cell glucose sensitivity compared with WT mice after HFD, a result that is due in part to the deterioration of glucose responsiveness in WT mice. HFD-fed UCP2 (-/-) mice have increased insulin secretory capacity as a result of increased pancreatic beta-cell mass and insulin content per islet. Islets from WT mice exposed to 0.5 mmol/l palmitate for 48 h have significantly reduced mitochondrial membrane potential, ATP concentrations, and glucose responsiveness compared with UCP2 (-/-) islets, suggesting that elevated UCP2 in WT mice increases proton leak and decreases mitochondrial ATP production. Highly increased carnitine palmitoyl transferase-1 gene expression in UCP2 (-/-) mice is suggestive of enhanced fatty acid oxidizing capacity, particularly after HFD stress. These results further establish UCP2 as a component in glucose sensing and suggest a possible new aspect of UCP2 function during the progression of type 2 diabetes.|
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