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To shed further light on the primary alterations of insulin secretion in type 2 diabetes and the possible mechanisms involved, we studied several functional and molecular properties of islets isolated from the pancreata of 13 type 2 diabetic and 13 matched nondiabetic cadaveric organ donors. Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from type 2 diabetic islets(More)
OBJECTIVE Data from prospective studies suggest a significant reduction in the risk of new diabetes from drug therapies containing angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Since the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been found locally in several tissues and cells, including pancreatic islets, we hypothesized that the positive metabolic effects of(More)
BACKGROUND Decreased beta-cell mass, mainly due to apoptosis, is crucial for the development and progression of type 2 diabetes. Chronic exposure to high glucose levels is a probable underlying mechanism, whereas the role of oral anti-diabetic agents (sulphonylureas in particular) is still unsettled. METHODS To directly investigate more on such issues, we(More)
BACKGROUND Recent data have demonstrated that pro-insulin-derived C-peptide can affect the function of several different cell types. We hypothesized that C-peptide might have an influence on the function and survival of isolated human islets. METHODS Islets were prepared by combining enzymatic digestion and density gradient centrifugation, and the effects(More)
Endothelial dysfunction and consequent reduction of biosynthesis of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) play an important pathogenetic role in the cardiovascular complications associated with type II diabetes. In this work, the hybrid drugs 3a and 3b, nitrooxymethylbenzoate-derivatives of 1 (which is a hydroxylated active metabolite of glibenclamide 2), are(More)
We describe a method to consistently prepare human islets for transplantation. By combining a simple collagenase digestion method and a density gradient purification system, we were able to obtain successful isolations (>/=200,000 islet equivalents, >/=50% purity) in 69% of processed glands. No reagent of animal source was used. Isolated islets were(More)