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Transgenic overproduction of islet amyloid polypeptide (amylin) is not sufficient for islet amyloid formation.

CB Verchere, DA D'Alessio, S Wang, S Andrikopoulos, SE Kahn

Horm Metab Res | Published : 1997


Islet amyloid polypeptide forms islet amyloid deposits in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. We have generated transgenic mice which express human islet amyloid polypeptide in their pancreatic beta cells yet do not develop islet amyloid deposits despite producing levels of the amyloidogenic human peptide 2 - 3 fold higher than the native (mouse) peptide. To determine whether marked overproduction of islet amyloid polypeptide is a potential cause of islet amyloid formation, we increased expression of this transgene by producing homozygous transgenic animals and by making heterozygous mice experimentally insulin resistant with nicotinic acid. Pancreatic content of islet amyloid polypepti..

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