Gökhan Uçkaya

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Recent studies ascribe a major role to pancreatic beta-cell loss in type 2 diabetes. We investigated the dynamics of beta-cell mass during diabetes evolution in Psammomys obesus, a model for nutrition-dependent type 2 diabetes, focusing on the very early and the advanced stages of the disease. P. obesus fed a high-calorie diet for 26 days developed severe(More)
The present study was conducted to evaluate the serum copper, zinc, magnesium, and selenium levels in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism in the iodine-rich region of Ankara, Turkey. The effects of hormone replacement therapy on these elements were also studied in these patients. Basal levels of selenium and iron in patients were significantly lower(More)
Psammomys obesus, an animal model of type 2 diabetes, shows rapid and marked depletion of pancreatic insulin content as hyperglycemia develops when fed a high-calorie diet. P. obesus islets do not increase proinsulin gene expression when exposed to high glucose, which may be related to absence of the conserved form of the transcription factor insulin(More)
Previous studies demonstrated elevated plasma leptin and angiotensinogen (PRA) levels in essential hypertension. However, a few studies investigated the relationship between leptin and angiotensinogen levels in both lean and overweight/ obese hypertensives. The aim of the present study was therefore to examine the relationship between blood pressure, leptin(More)
OBJECTIVE The relationship between metabolic syndrome (MS) and hypogonadism has always been investigated in study groups confounded with aging, obesity or chronic metabolic disorders. So far, there has been no data about the presence of MS in young hypogonadal patients. Also, there is controversial data about the metabolic effects of testosterone(More)
The effects of growth hormone are mediated in part by stimulating the production of insulin-like growth factor-1. Insulin-like growth factor-1 has significant effects on cell proliferation and differentiation, it is a potent mitogen, and it is a powerful inhibitor of programmed cell death (apoptosis). Insulin-like growth factor-1 also has a well-established(More)
AIMS We have determined 11-beta-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Type 1 (HSD11B1) and Hexose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (H6PD) mRNA expression levels in adipose tissues from patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS Six non-diabetic and seven diabetic male patients who undergo elective abdominal surgery were included in the study and visceral and(More)
Antioxidant defense system prevents the organism from the detrimental effects of free radicals via scavenging or inhibiting their formation. Changes in the antioxidant defense mechanisms and alterations of several essential trace elements in both plasma and various tissues of ob/ob mice have been reported previously. Recent finding of the restoration of the(More)
It has recently been suggested that insulin augments its own production by a physiologically important feed-forward autocrine loop. We studied the kinetics of glucose-regulated proinsulin gene expression and proinsulin biosynthesis in normal rat islets with emphasis on the potential role of insulin as a mediator of the glucose effect. There was a(More)
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a complex disease that affects many systems. The most important cells of the immune system are lymphomononuclear (LMN) cells. Here, we aimed to evaluate the energy metabolism of LMN cells in patients with diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance. We measured LMN cell energy metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus,(More)