M. P. Hermans

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Mouse pancreatic islets were used to investigate the mechanisms and functional significance of the B cell membrane depolarization by acetylcholine (ACh). At low glucose (3mM), ACh (20 microM) increased 22Na+ influx, and slightly depolarized the B cell membrane but did not induce electrical activity or stimulate 45Ca2+ influx. ACh also accelerated 86Rb+ and(More)
OBJECTIVE Adiponectin (ApN) is a fat-derived hormone that enhances insulin sensitivity, controls body weight, prevents atherosclerosis and negatively regulates haematopoiesis and immune functions. In contrast to many proteins secreted by adipose tissue, the circulating level of ApN falls in obesity and insulin resistance states. The influence of(More)
Adequate comparisons of the relative performance of different tests of beta-cell function are not available. We compared discrimination of commonly used in vivo tests of beta-cell function across a range of glucose tolerance in seven subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT), eight subjects with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), and nine subjects with(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the distribution of plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations in type 2 diabetic patients and to assess whether high tHcy values were related to chronic complications (particularly macroangiopathy and nephropathy) and/or the degree of insulin resistance. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Fasting tHcy levels(More)
Aims/hypothesis. Adequate comparison of the relative performance of insulin sensitivity tests is not yet available. We compared the discrimination of four insulin sensitivity tests, commonly used in vivo, across a range of glucose tolerance. Methods. Normal (n = 7), impaired glucose tolerant (n = 8) and Type II (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic subjects (n =(More)
Better awareness of the clinical presentation of idiopathic haemochromatosis is a key element for early diagnosis and treatment. We retrospectively analysed the medical records of 105 patients (80 males, 25 females) diagnosed with idiopathic haemochromatosis over the past two decades in the two academic hospitals of Louvain University. Age at diagnosis was(More)
Mouse islets were used to study how glucose modulates arginine stimulation of insulin release. At 3 mmol/l glucose, arginine (20 mmol/l) decreased the resting membrane potential of B cells by about 10 mV, but did not evoke electrical activity. This depolarisation was accompanied by a slight but rapid acceleration of 86Rb+ efflux and 45Ca2+ influx. However,(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse the clinical characteristics and relevant hormonal profile in type 1 diabetic patients with and without ED. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fifty one type 1 diabetic patients were studied. ED was assessed by direct interview. Chronic diabetic complications, smoking and alcohol status as well as current use of medications were recorded. Hormonal(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine whether or not the improvement of glycaemic control with 6-month exenatide therapy in type 2 diabetic patients with secondary failure to combined oral therapy is related to amelioration of β-cell function and/or insulin sensitivity and their combined product. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Thirty-three patients with(More)