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Volume 28(2); April 2004
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Review
Therapeutic Potential of the Glucagon-like Peptide-1.
Kyung Soo Ko, Seung Joon Oh, Tae Wha Kim
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):51-62.   Published online April 1, 2004
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Editorial
Significance of Anti-GAD Antibodies in Lean Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Yong Soo Park
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):63-65.   Published online April 1, 2004
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Frequency of Anti-GAD Antibody in Non-obese, Adult-onset Type 2 Diabetes in Korea and Clinical and Biological Characteristics According to Anti-GAD Antibody.
Chul Sik Kim, Jina Park, Min Ho Cho, Jong Suk Park, Joo Young Nam, Dol Mi Kim, Chul Woo Ahn, Bong Soo Cha, Sung Kil Lim, Kyung Rae Kim, Hyun Chul Lee
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):66-74.   Published online April 1, 2004
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Some of the characteristic features of diabetes mellitus in Korea are that 70-80% of patients are non-obese or adult-onset type, and type 1 diabetes is very rare. Occasionally, autoantibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase(GAD) are found in typical, type 2 diabetes mellitus patients(T2DM). The role of the autoantibody to GAD in T2DM is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical and biochemical characteristics between GAD-positive and GAD-negative non-obese, adult-onset diabetics in Korea. METHODS: A cohort of 428 type 2 diabetes patients was included. The measured autoantibodies to GAD were measured, and the C-peptide and HbA1c levels, anthropometric data(weight, height, body mass index and waist circumference), blood pressure and lipid profiles compared between the two groups. RESULTS: Compared to the antibody-negative group(n=374; 87.4%), patients with the anti-GAD antibody(n=54; 12.6%) had significantly lower C-peptide levels and were significantly younger. The anti GAD-positive group had a lower BMI, more frequently needed insulin supplements, and a lower prevalence of hypertension. There were no significant differences in gender and family history of diabetes between the two groups. CONCLUSION: The presence of the autoantibody to GAD allowed the group with more deteriorated beta-cell function and more frequent need for insulin supplements, but a lower prevalence of obesity and hypertension to be determined.
Development of Adult Porcine Islet Isolation Method for Xenotransplantation.
Sung Rae Kim, Kun Ho Yoon, Hyuk Sang Kwon, Sun Hee Suh, Seung Hyun Ko, Jung Min Lee, Soon Jib Yoo, Yoo Bae Ahn, Ki Ho Song, Hyun Shik Son, Moo Il Kang, Bong Yun Cha, Kwang Woo Lee, Ho Young Son, Sung Koo Kang
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):75-87.   Published online April 1, 2004
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AND PURPOSE: Xenotransplantation using porcine islet cells might be an alternative to allotransplantation, which has been limited due to the lack of donors. Various researches using porcine islet cells have been performed in foreign countries; however, they have never been studies in Korea. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of thise new treatment for cases of diabetes by establishing of improved islet isolation skill. METHODS: The pancreas and islets were extracted from pigs weighing around 100kg. To establish an islet isolation method, the islet yield, purity and the distribution size of the isolated islets were step wise compared in various ways, and then the superior method adopted. To determine the conveyance method after organ extraction, the conveyance method of pouring collagenase P was compared with the conveyance method of injecting Custidol. For digestion, the mechanical shaking and static incubation methods were also compared. To isolate islets from the digested pancreata, isolation methods were analyzed using 3 and 4 layers' Ficoll. The islet yield was appraised after their isolation using the optimized islet isolation method. To assess the results of the islet isolation, appraised the purity and the survival rates of cells, the insulin secretion resulting from the glucose stimulation test was examined. RESULTS: The method of injecting 4degrees C Custidol was effective for the conveyance and storage of the isolated pancreas in comparison with an injection of collagenase P(3465+/-1488 IEQ/g pancreas vs. 48+/-1.7 IEQ/g pancreas, p<0.01). The digestion method was superior to the mechanical shaking method at keeping a stable condition(3465+/-1488 IEQ/g pancreas vs. 1265+/-141.4 IEQ/g pancreas, p<0.01). Ficoll isolation using 3 layers gave the same results as using 4 layers. The average weights of the isolate Pancreatic islets was 23.8+/-3.3g. The numbers of islets per gram was 3465+/-1488.2(IEQ), with a the purity of 86.3+/-2.0%, and a survival rate of over 95%. The insulin secretion caused by glucose stimulation substantially increased in concentration from 24 to 72 hours(24hr: 5mM 3.12mU/mL --< 20mM 6.79mU/mL(2.17 fold), 72hr: 5mM 2.38mU/mL --< 9.93mU/mL(4.17fold))
Effect of Pancreatic Islet Autotransplantation after Pacreatectomy in Patients with Benign Pancreatic Tumor.
Jae Hwan Jee, Byung Wan Lee, Seung Hoon Oh, Ji Youn Kim, Hyun Jin Kim, Jung Hyun Noh, Sung Ho Choi, Jae Hoon Chung, Yong Ki Min, Myung Sik Lee, Moon Kyu Lee, Kwang Won Kim
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):88-100.   Published online April 1, 2004
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Previously, in patients suffering from insulin deficient DM after a partial or total pancreatectomy as treatment for a benign pancreatic tumor, insulin treatment has only led to severe fluctuation in the blood glucose level, and frequently to sudden hypoglycemia due to glucagon deficiency and lack of delicate insulin control. Several worldwide reports have suggested that autologous transplantation of islet cells isolated from an unaffected portion of a resected pancreas, mostly for the cure of chronic pancreatitis or a pancreatic tumor without immunosuppressive agent treatment, resulted in good glycemic control, and even in the prevention of DM. Attempts were made to evaluate the effect of islet autotrans-plantation for glycemic control in eight patients undergoing a pancreatectomy for a benign pancreatic tumor. METHOD: Between December 2001 and October 2003, an islet autotransplantation was performed in eight patients patholologically confirmed with benign pancreatic tumors following a pancreatectomy. There was no past medical history of DM in any of the patients, but impaired glucose tolerance(IGT) was detected in 2 patients on a 75g oral glucose tolerance test(oral GTT), and was also suspected in a pre-pancreatectomy state patient. Islets were isolated by ductal perfusion, using the cold collagenase P and semi-automated method, and purified on a density gradients using a COBE 2991 cell processor or tube system of Ficoll solution. After being confirmed as a benign pancreatic tumor, the cultured islet cells were transplanted to the liver through the portal vein. Each patient was transplanted with a mean islet mass of 3,190+/-896 islet equivalents per kilogram of body weight. The median follow-up period was 12 months, with the longest being 36 months. All patients underwent follow-up for oral GTT, HbA1c and complication of DM, pancreatectomy, or transplantation within this period. RESULTS: On the 75g oral GTT, a normal glucose tolerance(NGT) was maintained until the last follow-up month in five of the eight patients undergoing islet autotransplantation. DM recurred in three of the eight patients undergoing islet autotransplantation, with to cases in a state of IGT and 1 case of NGT at the initial stage. The HbA1c levels were not significantly changed between pre-pancreatectomy and post-islet transplantation period. The amplitude of the decrease in the postprandial 2 hour glucose level was larger than that of the fasting glucose level between the pre- and post-transplantation periods, but this was not statistically. Also, the elevation of the postprandial C-peptide level was larger than the fasting C-peptide during the post-transplantation period, but again, this was not significant. No complications occurred in relation with the islet transplantation, portography, DM and hypoglycemia. CONCLUSION: Islet transplantation could prevent and reverse the diabetic process in patients undergoing a pancreatectomy for a benign pancreatic tumor, with some exception such as those with a small transplanted islet mass or with initial insulin resistance. The 2 hour postprandial changes in the glucose and C- peptide levels on the oral GTT somewhat reflected insulin secretory function of the remaining and newly transplanted islet cells. Pancreatic islet autotransplantation is the most prospective method for the prevention or cure of insulin deficient DM following a pancreatectomy for a benign pancreatic tumor.
Association of High Intracellular Calcium Levels with Insulin Resistance in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Jee Young Oh, Hye Jin Lee, Young Sun Hong, Hye Won Chung, Yeon Ah Sung
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):101-110.   Published online April 1, 2004
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Insulin resistance is an intrinsic defect of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and elevated levels of cytosolic free calcium in insulin target cells may cause insulin resistance. To our knowledge, the relationship between intracellular calcium and insulin resistance in PCOS has not been investigated. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the levels of intracelluar calcium are changed and if they have any association with insulin resistance in women with PCOS. METHODS: The intracellular calcium levels in the platelets and the insulin sensitivity were measured by fluorescent spectrophotometry and the euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp technique, respectively, in 16 women with PCOS and 6 normal cycling women. A 2h, 75 g oral glucose tolerance test was performed to determine the glucose tolerance. RESULTS: The insulin sensitivity measured by the glucose disposal rate(the M-value), was significantly lower in women with PCOS(4.6+/-1.5mg/kg/min vs. 7.0+/-1.3mg/kg/min, p<0.01), but the intracellular calcium levels were significantly higher in women with PCOS compared to the controls(122.7+/-36.7 vs 59.1+/-29.3mmol/L, p<0.01). When the women with PCOS were divided into the overweight or obese(n=9, BMI ?23kg/m2) and lean(n=7, BMI<23kg/m2) groups, both groups had significantly lower M values compared to the control subjects(3.9+/-1.3, 5.5+/-1.2 vs. 7.0+/-1.3mumg/kg/min, p<0.001), and these levels between the overweight/obese and lean PCOS groups showed a significant difference(p<0.001). The overweight/ obese and lean women with PCOS had significantly higher levels of intracellular calcium compared to the control subjects(131.3+/-39.6, 111.7+/-31.8 vs. 59.1+/-29.3nmol/L, p<0.01), but these levels did not differ significantly between the overweight/obese and lean women with PCOS. The intracellular calcium levels showed a significant positive correlation with age, and a negative correlation with the M value(r=-0.55, p<0.05). The BMI-adjusted partial correlation showed marginal significance between elevated levels of intracellular calcium and insulin sensitivity (r=-0.47, p=0.07). CONCLUSION: Women with PCOS showed both insulin resistance and increased levels of intracellular calcium compared to the control subjects. Increased levels of intracellular calcium were associated with insulin resistance in women with PCOS.
Plasma and urinary Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Diabetic Nephropathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Jeong Heon Oh, Hye Jin Yoo, Soo Yeon Park, Ohk Hyun Ryu, Sang Soo Park, Soon Beom Kwon, Hee Young Kim, Ji A Seo, Kye Won Lee, Sin Gon Kim, Nan Hee Kim, Kyung Mook Choi, Dae Ryong Cha, Sei Hyun Baik, Dong Seop Choi
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):111-121.   Published online April 1, 2004
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VEGF(vascular endothelial growth factor) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of neovascularization and endothelial dysfunction in diabetes mellitus. However, its precise role in diabetic nephropathy is still unknown. Our aims were to determine whether alterations of plasma and urinary VEGF levels were related to diabetic microvascular complications, especially nephropathy in type 2 diabetic patients. METHODS: 107 type 2 diabetic patients, without non-diabetic kidney diseases, and 47 healthy control subjects were studied. The urinary albumin excretion was defined as the albumin-to-creatinine ratio(ACR) in 24 hour urine samples. The study subjects were divided into four groups: a nondiabetic healthy control group(n=47), a normoalbuminuric diabetic group(ACR <30mug/mg, n=37), a microalbuminuric diabetic group(ACR 30~299mug/mg, n=37) and an overt proteinuric diabetic group(ACR=300mug/mg, n=33). The plasma and urinary VEGF levels were measured in these subjects by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. RESULTS: 1) The urinary VEGF concentrations were significantly higher in the diabetic groups than in the controls, even in the normoalbuminuric stage(log VEGF/Cr, normoalbuminuria; 4.33+/-1.06 vs. control; 3.53+/-0.79, p=0.009). The levels of urinary VEGF excretions increased with advancing diabetic nephropathy stage. 2) The plasma and urinary VEGF levels were higher in the hypertensive diabetic than the normotensive diabetic patients. 3) In the diabetic patients, the level of plasma VEGF was positively correlated with the BUN(r=0.398, p=0.039) and urinary ACR (r=0.251, p=0.044). The level of urinary VEGF was positively correlated with the urinary ACR(r=0.645, p<0.001), and creatinine(r=0.336, p=0.009), but negatively correlated with the level of serum albumin(r=-0.557, p<0.001). Both the levels of urinary VEGF and serum creatinine were independently correlated with the urinary ACR. CONCLUSIONS: The excretion of urinary VEGF increased at a relatively earlier stage in diabetic nephropathy and was significantly correlated with the excretion of urinary albumin. These results suggested the possibility of urinary VEGF as a sensitive marker or the detection of diabetic nephropathy and in predicting disease progression.
Pregnancy Outcome in Korean Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Diagnosed by the Carpenter-Coustan Criteria.
Hak Chul Jang, Young Min Cho, Kyong Soo Park, Seong Yeon Kim, Hong Kyu Lee, Moon Young Kim, Jae Hyug Yang, Son Moon Shin
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):122-130.   Published online April 1, 2004
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The American Diabetes Association recently proposed the Carpenter-Coustan criteria for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus(GDM) based on the results of the Toronto Tri-Hospital Study. The prevalence of GDM in Korean women increased, on average, by 60% when the Carpenter-Coustan criteria were applied. However, the pregnancy outcome of Korean women with GDM with regard to the Carpenter-Coustan criteria tremains to be reported. The pregnancy outcomes of those Korean women with GDM by the Carpenter- Coustan criteria, but not by the NDDG criteria were assessed. METHODS: In this study, a total of 2776 pregnant women underwent universal screening for GDM, between January 1993 and December 1994, as recommended by the Third International Workshop-Conference on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus with minor modifications. The primary pregnancy outcomes were preeclampsia, premature delivery, delivery by C-section, birth weight and LGA infants. RESULTS: Of the 2776 women, 656 screened-positive for GDM. Of these, 37 and 74 had GDM by the Carpenter-Coustan and NDDG criteria, respectively. With increasing glucose intolerance, there was a stepwise increase in premature deliveries, deliveries by C-section and preeclampsia from those screening negative to GDM by the NDDG criteria, with a similar trend for the frequency of LGA infants. The LGA infant screening-negative and positive were 13.5 and 16.1%, but those with a normal glucose tolerance were 27.0 and 33.8% in those screening positive to GDM by the Carpenter-Coustan and NDDG criteria, respectively(P<0.001). CONCLUSION: Our study demonstrated that increasing glucose tolerance was associated with increasing frequencies of adverse pregnancy outcomes in Korean women. The maternally complicated and LGA infants were significantly higher in women with GDM by the Carpenter-Coustan criteria. Thus the Carpenter- Coustan criteria are recommended for the diagnosis of GDM in Korean Women.
Exercise and Fenofibrate Reduces Body Adiposity Synergistically in OLETF Rats.
Young Jun An, Hre Jeong Lee, Mi Kyoung Park, Kyung Il Lee, In Young Koh, Dong Sik Jung, Ah Young Kang, Duk Kyu Kim
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):131-138.   Published online April 1, 2004
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The PPAR alpha activator, Fenofibrate, is a pharmacological ligand, which induces beta-oxidation of long chain fatty acids in the mitochondria of hepatocytes. The beta-oxidation induced by exogenous PPAR alpha activators may be operated maximally when the sustained production of energy substrate in the liver is required by working muscles due to continued exercise. The aim of this study was to determine whether the combination therapy of exercise and Fenofibrate could synergistically reduce body adiposity in OLETF rats. METHODS: Twenty-eight male OLETF rats(13 wk old) were divided into four groups. The diet(n=7) and exercise groups(n=7) were fed with chow for 12 weeks. The Fenofibrate(n=7) and combined treatment(exercise and Fenofibrate) groups (n=7) were fed with Fenofibrate(32mg/kg/day) mixed chow for 12 weeks. The animals in the exercise and combined treatment groups were exercised by running on a treadmill for 12 weeks. At 24 weeks of age, all the rats were sacrificed, and examined by biochemical tests and had their adipose tissue weight measured. RESULTS: There were no significant changes in the retroperitoneal and subcutaneous fats between the diet and Fenofibrate groups, but there were between the diet and combined treatment groups(P<0.05). CONCLUSION: Exercise combined with Fenofibrate synergistically reduces body adiposity in OLETF rats
Alcohol Drinking Problems and Diabetes Self-care in Male Diabetics.
Soo Mi Jang, Kyung Ae Choi, Hyung Joon Yoo
Korean Diabetes J. 2004;28(2):139-148.   Published online April 1, 2004
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Heavy alcohol drinking negatively influences the self-care of diabetics requiring strict management of their lifestyle. However, related studies on the clinical interventions for diabetics with alcohol drinking problems are rare. Thus, the relationship between alcohol drinking problems and self-care of male diabetics was studied, and the physician's recognition of the drinking problems also evaluated. METHODS: The subjects of this study were 88 middle-aged male diabetics. They were selected from 4 general hospitals between Nov. 2001 and Feb. 2002. The subjects' alcohol drinking problems and degree of diabetes self-care were examined. Their charts were also reviewed for the physician's recognition of diabetic' alcohol related drinking problems. RESULT: Among the subjects, 53.4% were categorized as problem drinkers and 26% as alcohol dependent. Furthermore, 67.5% of diabetics with drinking problems had their alcohol drinking problems recognized by the physician. The mean self-care among diabetics with and without alcohol drinking problems were 15.0. The mean self-care among diabetics without alcohol drinking problems was 20.6(p<0.001). CONCLUSION: In this study, the importance of educator's sensitivity to diabetics' drinking problems and the use of screening tools to find alcohol drinking problems at an early stage have been highlighted. Further studies on the development of new program are suggested in order to effectively intervene in diabetics with alcohol drinking problems.

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