Calcium insufficiency accelerates type 1 diabetes in vitamin D receptor-deficient nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice.
Animals, Calcium, Calcium, Dietary, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1, Female, Hypocalcemia, Insulin-Secreting Cells, Male, Mice, Mice, Inbred NOD, Receptors, Calcitriol, Vitamin D
Endocrinology 2011 Dec; 152(12):4620-9.
Vitamin D exerts important regulatory effects on the endocrine and immune systems. Autoimmune type 1 diabetes (T1D) development in the inbred NOD mouse strain can be accelerated by vitamin D insufficiency or suppressed by chronic treatment with high levels of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3). Consequently, a report that T1D development was unaffected in NOD mice genetically lacking the vitamin D receptor (VDR) was unexpected. To further assess this result, the mutant stock was imported to The Jackson Laboratory, backcrossed once to NOD/ShiLtJ, and progeny rederived through embryo transfer. VDR-deficient NOD mice of both sexes showed significant acceleration of T1D. This acceleration was not associated with alterations in immune cells targeting pancreatic β-cells. Rather, the capacity of β-cells to produce and/or secrete insulin was severely impaired by the hypocalcaemia developing in VDR-deficient NOD mice fed a standard rodent chow diet. Feeding a high-lactose calcium rescue diet that circumvents a VDR requirement for calcium absorption from the intestine normalized serum calcium levels, restored β-cell insulin secretion, corrected glucose intolerance, and eliminated accelerated T1D in VDR-deficient NOD mice. These findings suggest that calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation may improve disease outcomes in some T1D-prone individuals that are calcium deficient.
Driver, John P; Lamont, Deanna J; Gysemans, Conny; Mathieu, Chantal; and Serreze, David V, "Calcium insufficiency accelerates type 1 diabetes in vitamin D receptor-deficient nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice." (2011). Faculty Research 2011. 183.