Defects in insulin secretion in NIDDM: B-cell glucose insensitivity or glucose toxicity?

T. W. van Haeften*

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    In NIDDM, first-phase insulin release to glucose is (almost) absent. However, in contrast to older studies which suggested that in NIDDM the B-cell is ''blind'' for glucose, recent evidence indicates that the B-cell is not insensitive for glucose as far as second phase release is concerned. This suggests that the metabolism of glucose is probably not deranged in NIDDM, since glucose leads to insulin release after it has been metabolized. Hyperglycaemia itself has a deleterious effect on insulin release, so-called glucose toxicity. Various mechanisms have been proposed, whereby hyperglycaemia may diminish insulin release: inhibition of Ca2+ mobilization from the endoplasmic reticulum by glucose-6-phosphate, Ca2+ uptake in the ER by glucose and inhibitory effects of protein kinase C. Whatever may prove to be the underlying mechanism(s), glucose toxicity is unlikely to be the only cause of insulin secretory disturbances in NIDDM, since the glucose level would have to be elevated before it could be toxic. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is characterized by both defects in insulin action and insulin secretion. With regard to the defects in insulin release, much research has originated from two (partly) opposing hypotheses, namely the presence of pancreatic B-cell glucose blindness and the hypothesis of pancreatic B-cell glucose toxicity in NIDDM.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)30-35
    Aantal pagina's6
    TijdschriftNetherlands Journal of Medicine
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1-2
    StatusPublished - feb-1993

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