Christina Reers

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AIMS Islets are innervated by parasympathetic nerves which release acetylcholine (ACh) to amplify glucose-induced insulin secretion, primarily via muscarinic M3 receptors (M3R). Here we investigate the consequence of chronic hyperglycaemia on islet M3R expression and secretory sensitivity of mouse islets to cholinergic receptor activation. METHODS The(More)
Neurturin (NRTN), a member of the glial-derived neurotrophic factor family, was identified from an embryonic chicken pancreatic cDNA library in a screen for secreted factors. In this study, we assessed the potential antidiabetic activities of NRTN relative to liraglutide, a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist, in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats.(More)
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is characterized by islet dysfunction and beta-cell deficiency caused by apoptosis. One mechanism underlying induction of beta-cell apoptosis is stress in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Isolated human islets are a frequently used model to examine islet pathophysiology in T2D. Therefore it is important to establish how function and(More)
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