Journal article

Intravascular Follistatin gene delivery improves glycemic control in a mouse model of type 2 diabetes

Jonathan R Davey, Emma Estevez, Rachel E Thomson, Martin Whitham, Kevin I Watt, Adam Hagg, Hongwei Qian, Darren C Henstridge, Helen Ludlow, Mark P Hedger, Sean L McGee, Melinda T Coughlan, Mark A Febbraio, Paul Gregorevic

The FASEB Journal | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) manifests from inadequate glucose control due to insulin resistance, hypoinsulinemia, and deteriorating pancreatic β-cell function. The pro-inflammatory factor Activin has been implicated as a positive correlate of severity in T2D patients, and as a negative regulator of glucose uptake by skeletal muscle, and of pancreatic β-cell phenotype in mice. Accordingly, we sought to determine whether intervention with the Activin antagonist Follistatin can ameliorate the diabetic pathology. Here, we report that an intravenous Follistatin gene delivery intervention with tropism for striated muscle reduced the serum concentrations of Activin B and improved glycemic control in the ..

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