Advanced glycation end products are direct modulators of beta-cell function

Melinda T Coughlan, Felicia Yap, David Tong, Sofianos Andrikopoulos, Anna Gasser, Vicki Thallas-Bonke, Diane Webster, Jun-ichi Miyazaki, Thomas Kay, Robyn Slattery, David Kaye, Brian Drew, Bronwyn Kingwell, Spiros Fourlanos, Per-Henrik Groop, Leonard Harrison, Mikael Knip, Josephine Forbes

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Objective - Excess accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) contributes to aging and chronic diseases. We aimed to obtain evidence that exposure to AGEs plays a role in the development of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Research Design and Methods -The effect of AGEs was examined on insulin secretion by MIN6N8 cells and mouse islets and in vivo in three separate rodent models: AGE-injected or high AGE-fed Sprague-Dawley rats and nonobese diabetic (NODLt) mice. Rodents were also treated with the AGE-lowering agent alagebrium. Results - beta-Cells exposed to AGEs displayed acute glucose-stimulated insulin secretory defects, mitochondrial abnormalities including excess superoxide generation, a decline in ATP content, loss of MnSOD activity, reduced calcium flux, and increased glucose uptake, all of which were improved with alagebrium treatment or with MnSOD adenoviral overexpression. Isolated mouse islets exposed to AGEs had decreased glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, increased mitochondrial superoxide production, and depletion of ATP content, which were improved with alagebrium or with MnTBAP, an SOD mimetic. In rats, transient or chronic exposure to AGEs caused progressive insulin secretory defects, superoxide generation, and beta-cell death, amelio-rated with alagebrium. NODLt mice had increased circulating AGEs in association with an increase in islet mitochondrial superoxide generation, which was prevented by alagebrium, which also reduced the incidence of autoimmune diabetes. Finally, at-risk children who progressed to T1D had higher AGE concentrations than matched nonprogressors. Conclusions -These findings demonstrate that AGEs directly cause insulin secretory defects, most likely by impairing mitochondrial function, which may contribute to the development of T1D. Diabetes 60:2523-2532, 2011
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2523 - 2532
Number of pages10
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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