Journal article

INSULIN RESISTANCE, ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS, AND POLYCYSTIC OVARIES ASSOCIATED WITH A CIRCULATING INHIBITOR OF POSTBINDING INSULIN ACTION

LC HARRISON, B DEAN, I PELUSO, S CLARK, G WARD

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM | ENDOCRINE SOC | Published : 1985

Abstract

A 21-yr-old moderately obese woman with hirsutism, acanthosis nigricans, and oligomenorrhoea was diagnosed as having polycystic ovary syndrome. Despite hyperinsulinemia, binding of insulin to her red cells was within the range for normal, young adult subjects. Her serum did not bind or degrade [125I]insulin or alter its binding to fat cells, and was negative for insulin receptor antibodies. However, her serum caused a dose-dependent inhibition of insulin-stimulated lipogenesis (conversion of [3-3H]glucose to [3H]lipid) in rat fat cells significantly greater than that produced with control serum (relative potency, 3.5:1) and (at a 1:20 dilution) markedly impaired the response of both lipogene..

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