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Yoko Yagishita, Akira Uruno, Dionysios V Chartoumpekis, Thomas W Kensler, and Masayuki Yamamoto

reflect immune system dysregulation ( Van Belle et al . 2009 ). Therefore, studies utilizing alternative models to address the roles of Nrf2 signaling in autoimmune-based diabetes are needed. Non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice have been used widely as a

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Elizabeth S Barrie, Mels Lodder, Paul H Weinreb, Jill Buss, Amer Rajab, Christopher Adin, Qing-Sheng Mi, and Gregg A Hadley

Introduction Type 1 diabetes is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease caused by the destruction of insulin-producing β cells of the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas, resulting in a hyperglycemic state. Non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice (NOD

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Jacob Jelsing, Niels Vrang, Søren B van Witteloostuijn, Michael Mark, and Thomas Klein

as add-on therapy to insulin in reducing BG levels in a small sample of patients with T1D. In addition, sitagliptin was shown to preserve islet transplants in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice ( Kim et al . 2009 , 2010 ). This mouse model spontaneously

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Astrid Chamson-Reig, Edith J Arany, Kelly Summers, and David J Hill

NOD mouse and BioBreeding (BB) rat ( Lefebvre et al . 2006 ). However, food antigens can also interact with the gut immune system, resulting in a Th1 cytokine pattern of expression within the Peyer's patches of young NOD mice ( Chakir et al . 2005

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Jon G Mabley, Pal Pacher, Kanneganti G K Murthy, William Williams, Garry J Southan, Andrew L Salzman, and Csaba Szabo

following sources. Amplex red xanthine/xanthine oxidase assay kits were obtained from Molecular Probes (Eugene, OR, USA). Streptozotocin and sodium citrate were obtained from Sigma. BALB/c and NOD mice were purchased from Taconic (Germantown, NY, USA

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Guofeng Zhang, Hiroki Hirai, Tao Cai, Junnosuke Miura, Ping Yu, Hanxia Huang, Martin R Schiller, William D Swaim, Richard D Leapman, and Abner L Notkins

was increased at 60 min, was highest at 90 min (Fig. 4D ), and decreased thereafter (not shown). RESP18 protein also was increased in the islets of NOD mice following the development of diabetes. Western blots showed a tenfold increase at 2 days after

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M-C Many, S Maniratunga, I Varis, M Dardenne, H A Drexhage, and J-F Denef

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The administration of a high iodide dose (HID; 10 μg/day) to goitrous mice is known to induce thyroid cell necrosis and inflammation, which, in most strains, is transient. In this study, we analyzed the effects of iodide in autoimmune prone non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice.

Control NOD mice fed a standard diet (MID; 1 μg I/day) or HID did not spontaneously develop thyroiditis. In NOD mice previously made goitrous, HID provoked thyroid cell necrosis and diffuse inflammation within 4 days. Inflammatory cells consisted of MHC-class II+ antigen-presenting cells, CD4+ T helper cells and CD8+ T suppressor/cytotoxic cells. After 96 days of treatment with HID, thyroiditis similar to Hashimoto's disease was obtained in 100% of the animals, with destruction of thyroid follicles, large clusters of T and B cells, and antithyroid antibodies in the plasma. When treating goitrous mice with MID, no cell necrosis was observed and no autoimmune thyroiditis was obtained. The early iodide-induced cell necrosis and inflammation may thus be considered as an important factor in the induction and persistence of autoimmune thyroiditis in individuals carrying a genetic susceptibility to autoimmune disease.

Journal of Endocrinology (1995) 147, 311–320

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A Amrani, M Jafarian-Tehrani, P Mormède, S Durant, J-M Pleau, F Haour, M Dardenne, and F Homo-Delarche

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Cytokines, particularly interleukin 1 (IL-1) and tumor necrosis factor, are known to induce hypoglycemia in normal rodents or different experimental models of type II diabetes. We investigated, at the pre-diabetic stage, the effect of short-term administration of murine recombinant interleukin-1α (mrIL-1α) on the levels of glucose, insulin and corticosterone in the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse, a spontaneous model of type I diabetes. Two-month-old, pre-diabetic NOD mice of both sexes were insensitive to mrIL-1α (12·5 and 50 μg/kg) 2 h after administration, the time at which the maximal decrease (around 50%) was observed in the C57BL/6 mouse strain. Kinetic studies however showed that mrIL-1α lowered glycemia in both sexes of NOD mice, but the effect was limited and delayed. In the NOD and C57BL/6 strains, mrIL-1α had no influence on insulin levels in females, but significantly increased them in males (P<0·0001). Castration of NOD males abrogated the stimulatory effect of mrIL-1α on insulin secretion. Corticosterone secretion was stimulated by mrIL-1α in both sexes of NOD and C57BL/6 mice, and this effect was faster and greater in NOD females than in C57BL/6 females. The incomplete hypoglycemic response to mrIL-1α in females may be attributed to the anti-insulin effect of glucocorticoids, an effect which can be demonstrated when mrIL-1α is administered to adrenalectomized animals or when mrIL-1α is administered together with the glucocorticoid antagonist RU38486. In NOD males, in contrast, glucocorticoids did not play a major role in the limited hypoglycemic response to mrIL-1α, since RU38486 and adrenalectomy were not able to unmask a hypoglycemic effect. Moreover, NOD mice of both sexes were less sensitive than C57BL/6 mice to the hypoglycemic effect of insulin (2·5 U/kg), which suggests some degree of insulin-resistance in NOD mice. With regard to the effect of IL-1 on NOD mouse glycemia, therefore, these results suggest that glucocorticoids and/or androgens, according to the animal's sex, may induce a state of insulin-resistance.

Journal of Endocrinology (1996) 148, 139–148

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J Sternesjo and S Sandler

Administration of the T-helper 1 (Th 1) cell promoting cytokine interleukin-12 (IL-12) accelerates the development of autoimmune diabetes in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. In this study we examined the effects of IL-12 on isolated islets from NMRI (Naval Medical Research Institute-established) mice, Sprague-Dawley (S-D) rats and NOD mice. NMRI and S-D islets were cultured in medium RPMI 1640 + 10% fetal calf serum and exposed for 48 h to recombinant mouse IL-12 (0, 0.1, 1 and 10 ng/ml). Islet glucose metabolism, as measured by glucose oxidation rate, was suppressed by about 25% in NMRI islets exposed to 10 ng/ml IL-12. In rat islets 0.1 ng/ml IL-12 induced a 20% decrease in glucose oxidation rate. Islets cultured with 10 ng/ml IL-12 showed a decrease in medium insulin accumulation both in mouse and rat. Glucose-stimulated insulin release was lowered in rat islets exposed to 10 ng/ml IL-12, but not affected in NMRI islets. In NMRI islets IL-12 did not influence nitric oxide production as measured by nitrite formation. In rat islets IL-12 induced a decrease in nitrite formation compared with control islets. Islets were isolated from female NOD mice (age 5, 12, 20 and 26 weeks) and examined either immediately or cultured for 7 days with 10 ng/ml IL-12 alone or in combination with 4 ng/ml of the T-cell stimulating cytokine interleukin-2 (IL-2). In the age groups > 5 weeks of age the glucose-stimulated insulin release was lower in freshly isolated compared with cultured control islets. IL-2 + IL-12 addition induced a small decrease in glucose-stimulated insulin release in islets from 12-week-old animals. With increasing age the DNA content in freshly isolated islets increased due to immune cell infiltration. The DNA content in cultured islets was decreased by 40-60% compared with freshly isolated islets in the age groups over 5 weeks. Islet insulin content was similar in both freshly isolated and cultured islets. None of the cytokines, either alone or in combination, affected islet DNA or insulin content. We conclude that IL-12 has minor suppressive effects in vitro on normal rodent islets. It is likely that the reported accelerated diabetes development of IL-12 administration to NOD mice in vivo is not mediated by a direct toxic effect to the islets. The suppressed insulin release in NOD mouse islets treated with IL-2 + IL-12 suggests, however, that the accelerating effect might partly be attributed to stimulation of immune cells present in the insulitic lesion.

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G Liu, SV Pakala, D Gu, T Krahl, L Mocnik, and N Sarvetnick

In developmental terms, the endocrine system of neither the gut nor the pancreatic islets has been characterized fully. Little is known about the involvement of cholecystokinin (CCK), a gut hormone, involved in regulating the secretion of pancreatic hormones, and pancreatic growth. Here, we tracked CCK-expressing cells in the intestines and pancreata of normal mice (BALB/c), Non Obese Diabetic (NOD) mice and interferon (IFN)-gamma transgenic mice, which exhibit pancreatic regeneration, during embryonic development, the postnatal period and adulthood. We also questioned whether IFN-gamma influences the expression of CCK. The results from embryonic day 16 showed that all three strains had CCK in the acinar region of pancreata, and specifically in alpha cells that also expressed glucagon. However, in adulthood only BALB/c and NOD mice continued this pattern. By contrast, in IFN-gamma transgenic mice, CCK expression was suppressed from birth to 3 months of age in the pancreata but not intestines. However, by 5 months of age, CCK expression appeared in the regenerating pancreatic ductal region of IFN-gamma transgenic mice. In the intestine, CCK expression persisted from fetus to adulthood and was not influenced by IFN-gamma. Intestinal cells expressing CCK did not co-express glucagon, suggesting that these cells are phenotypically distinct from CCK-expressing cells in the pancreatic islets, and the effect of IFN-gamma on CCK varies depending upon the cytokine's specific microenvironment.