Islet transplantation under the kidney capsule fully corrects the impaired skeletal muscle glucose transport system of streptozocin diabetic rats

Raffaele Napoli, Alberto M. Davalli, Michael F. Hirshman, Raimund Weitgasser, Gordon C. Weir, Edward S. Horton

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Abstract

Chronic insulin therapy improves but does not restore impaired insulin- mediated muscle glucose uptake in human diabetes or muscle glucose uptake, transport, and transporter translocation in streptozocin diabetic rats. To determine whether this inability is due to inadequate insulin replacement, we studied fasted streptozocin-induced diabetic Lewis rats either untreated or after islet transplantation under the kidney capsule. Plasma glucose was increased in untreated diabetics and normalized by the islet transplantation (110±5, 452±9, and 102±3 mg/dl in controls, untreated diabetics, and transplanted diabetics, respectively). Plasma membrane and intracellular microsomal membrane vesicles were prepared from hindlimb skeletal muscle of basal and maximally insulin-stimulated rats. Islet transplantation normalized plasma membrane carrier-mediated glucose transport V(max), plasma membrane glucose transporter content, and insulin-induced transporter translocation. There were no differences in transporter intrinsic activity (V(max)/R(o)) among the three groups. Microsomal membrane GLUT4 content was reduced by 30% in untreated diabetic rats and normal in transplanted diabetics, whereas the insulin-induced changes in microsomal membrane GLUT4 content were quantitatively similar in the three groups. There were no differences in plasma membrane GLUT1 among the groups and between basal and insulin stimulated states. Microsomal membrane GLUT1 content was increased 60% in untreated diabetics and normalized by the transplantation. In conclusion, an adequate insulin delivery in the peripheral circulation, obtained by islet transplantation, fully restores the muscle glucose transport system to normal in streptozocin diabetic rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1397
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Volume97
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 1996

Keywords

  • fractionation procedure
  • GLUT1
  • GLUT4
  • intrinsic activity
  • translocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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