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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-0428
    Keywords: Maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY) ; insulin receptor ; linkage analysis
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary The cloning of the insulin receptor cDNA has permitted the definition of restriction fragment length polymorphisms at that locus. These polymorphisms were used to study the role of the insulin receptor in four pedigrees with maturity onset diabetes of the young through linkage analyses. When each pedigree was individually analysed, no linkage was demonstrated in the two larger pedigrees, implying that an insulin receptor defect was not responsible for the predisposition to diabetes in these pedigrees. One of these pedigrees was known to be hypoinsulinaemic, while insulin levels were unavailable in the second pedigree. In the two smaller pedigrees, however, a single haplotype cosegregated with diabetes. One of these pedigrees is known to be hyperinsulinaemic. The small size of the pedigrees which demonstrated cosegregation precluded statistical proof of linkage. Nonetheless, the presence of an uncommon insertional polymorphism which cosegregated with diabetes in both pedigrees was improbable and suggested that this insertion could be responsible for diabetes in these families. This study thus may be additional evidence for heterogeneity in maturity onset diabetes of the young. For the two larger pedigrees, the insulin gene and HLA region have already been eliminated as genetic markers. This study provides data which eliminate a third candidate gene in these two pedigrees.
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    ISSN: 1432-0428
    Keywords: Streptozotocin ; diabetes-susceptibility ; genetic analysis ; inbred mouse strains ; H-2 locus
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary To assess genetic factors determining sensitivity to streptozotocin-induced diabetes in inbred strains of mice, a genetic analysis of streptozotocin-sensitive C57BL/6J and streptozotocin-resistant C3H/HeJ mice was performed. One week after a single dose of streptozotocin (200 mg/kg body weight), differences in plasma glucose concentration were marked between male mice of the C57BL/6J and C3H/HeJ strains (p〈0.001). To determine the number of genes responsible for the difference, F1 male progeny of a cross between parental strains were produced, and found to be streptozotocin resistant like C3H/HeJ parents. F1 mice were, therefore, backcrossed with streptozotocin-sensitive C57BL/6J mice (Backcross: F1♂ ♂ X C57BL/6J ♀ ♀). The plasma glucoses of backcrossed male mice (n=41) following streptozotocin treatment appeared to segregate into two populations, half like the C57BL/6J parent, and half like the F1 parent. Statistical analysis of the data revealed that the data fit a model with two distributions better than one with a single distribution, suggesting a single major gene responsible for the difference in streptozotocin susceptibility. This hypothesis was also supported by the observation that streptozotocin sensitivity in 12 recombinant inbred strains of C57BL/6J and C3H/HeJ mice appeared to segregate into two classes. Resistance to streptozotocin induced diabetes in F1 mice suggested that the expression of this gene is recessive, although X-chromosome linked inheritance could not be excluded. Efforts to map the streptozotocin-sensitivity gene revealed lack of right linkage to several loci including the H-2 locus. If inherited differences in the ability to resist a B-cell toxin play a role in genetic susceptibility to diabetes in man, then mapping the streptozotocin-susceptibility gene in mice may provide a means to evaluate the role of a putative homologous locus in the aetiology of diabetes in man.
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