Insulin secretion in beta-cell FBPase mice

Grant number: 454708 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009

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Abstract

Type 2 diabetes is caused by multiple genetic defects, resulting in high blood sugar levels. These high sugar levels are primarily due to a decrease in the concentration of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. A number of recent studies have aimed to identify which genes are regulated under conditions that mimic diabetes. One gene shown to have altered expression levels under these conditions is an enzyme called fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (or FBPase). This enzyme is involved in the metabolism of sugar and is usually expressed at undetectable levels in the pancreas, but when blood sugar levels are high, the amount of FBPase in the pancreas increases considerably. We hypothesise that ..

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