Alterations of brain insulin receptor characteristics in aging mice

Annamaria Zaia, Lucio Piantanelli

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An interesting role of insulin and insulin receptors (InsRs) in the brain is neuromodulation of monoaminergic systems. Since our previous studies showed age-dependent alterations of α- and β-adrenoceptors in mouse brain cortex, the intriguing role of brain InsRs per se and their involvement in adrenergic modulation prompted us to check their eventual changes with aging. Thus, brain InsR characteristics were studied in young (3 months) and old (27 months) Balb/c-nu mice by direct binding with 125I-insulin. A two-sites model analysis of data shows a statistically significant age-related decrease of receptor density (39%) and k(d), (57%) in the high affinity population. The low affinity receptor subset also shows a decreasing trend of its characteristics; however, differences are not statistically significant and show a high degree of interindividual variability in both groups of mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996


  • Aging mouse brain
  • Brain insulin
  • Brain insulin receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Medicine(all)


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