Faculty Research 1980 - 1989

Temporal relationship of tissue somatostatin-like immunoreactivity to metabolic changes in genetically obese and diabetic mice.

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Blood-Glucose: an, Body-Weight, Comparative-Study, Diabetes-Mellitus-Experimental: me, Hypothalamus: an, Insulin, Mice, Mice-Obese, Pancreas: an, Somatostatin: an, Species-Specificity, Stomach: an, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S

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Diabetes. 1980 Sep; 29(9):717-23.


AM20595, AM14461


Somatostatin-like immunoreactivity (SRIF-LI) content in 2 N acetic acid extracts of hypothalamus, gastric antrum, and pancreas was measured in genetically obese (C57BL/6J ob/ob and db/db) and diabetic (C57BL/KsJ db/db and ob/ob) mice and normal littermate controls from 5 to 24 wk to determine the relationship of previously reported changes to the development of metabolic abnormalities. Hypothalamic SRIF-L concentration was similar in control, diabetic, and obese mice at all ages and increased progressively with age in all groups. Gastric antrum SRIF-LI was similar in all groups of mice at all ages. Obese mice gained weight progressively and showed moderate hyperglycemia and marked hyperinsulinemia from 5 wk of age. Pancreatic SRIF-LI content in obese (C57BL/6J) animals was similar to that in lean littermate controls, but pancreatic SRIF-LI concentration (expressed by weight or protein content) was decreased until 8 (6J ob/ob) and 10 (6J db/db) wk. Diabetic (C57BL/KsJ) mice showed a similar metabolic pattern until 10 wk with no change in pancreatic SRIF-LI content or concentration. Thereafter a progressive fall in serum insulin and a marked rise in serum glucose was associated with increasing pancreatic SRIF-LI content and concentration. These studies suggest that the genetically hyperphagic syndromes are unassociated with any change in hypothalamic or gastric SRIF-LI; that pancreatic SRIF-LI increases occur in response to, rather than as the cause of, relative hypoinsulinemia; and that the genetic background of the mice (KsJ or 6J) rather than the mutant gene (db or ob) determines the defect in carbohydrate metabolism and the pancreatic SRIF-LI response.

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