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Genome Scans for Genes for Variation in Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a risk factor for elevated ACR as well as diminished GFR, so we carried out multipoint linkage analysis in our 63 families to detect genes that contribute to variation in blood pressure (SBP, diastolic BP DBP , MAP, or hypertension) in diabetic relative pairs or in all pairs. The goal was to determine whether genes controlling blood pressure would overlap with genes controlling ACR or GFR. In the analyses, after accounting for the effects of significant covariates (such as age, sex, and diabetes status), we found only one chromosomal region with potential evidence (LOD > 1.2) supporting linkage for variation in SBP, DBP, and MAP (Krolewski et al., unpublished data). This region was on chromosome 14p. In diabetic relative pairs, there was potential evidence for linkage with SBP (multipoint LOD 1.6) and DBP (multipoint LOD 1.7), and strong evidence for linkage with MAP (multipoint LOD 3). In all relatives, the LOD scores were similar or smaller then those among...

Selection Criteria For Studies

Through a combination of searching published reference lists and contacts with investigators. Unpublished prevention trials were sought through contacts with researchers, although none were found that had been completed but not published. Trials in progress are included in a later section of this chapter. Classification of evidence used in this chapter is shown in Table 6.1, which is based on the US Preventive Service Task Force Criteria28 for individual studies, and NHLBI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH) evidence criteria29 for overall recommendations.

Lipids And Diabetic Nephropathy

An example of the risk associated with inherited dyslipidaemia may be demonstrated in experimental studies using mice in whom the gene for apolipopro tein E (Apo E) has been 'knocked out'. These animals have dyslipidaemia, accelerated vascular disease50 and nephropathy in the setting of experimental diabetes (unpublished data) (Figure 4.3). In humans, there are three common polymorphisms of the Apo E gene (E2, E3 and E4). Individuals homozygous for the Apo E2 allele have impaired very-low-density lipoprotein remnant clearance and type 3 dyslipidaemia. Recent studies have suggested an association between the Apo E polymorphisms and nephropathy in both type 151-52 and type 2 diabetes.53-55 For example, in one study,

Specific Inhibitors of CCN

One method for the control, or inhibition, of CCN2 activity may be the administration of neutralizing antibodies. Antibodies directed against CCN2 have been generated in a number of different species, and to different sites on the molecule, and may therefore seem to have potential as therapeutic agents. However, very few of these antibodies have been reported to demonstrate neutralizing activity. In fact, we have observed that some anti-CCN2 antibodies not only fail to neutralize, but may actually enhance CCN2 biological activity (unpublished observation). The mechanism for this enhancement is not known. However, our observation is supported by a recent study of both polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies generated to full-length CCN2. The authors reported that most antibodies produced were directed against the VWC module, and were not neutralizing. One antibody that bound to the CT module was able to neutralize the pro-liferative effect of CCN2 on chrondrocytes. They also found that...

Electron Microscopy Studies

Quantitative morphometric studies in type 2 diabetes are scarce in Japanese type 2 diabetic patients with a wide range of renal function, morphometric measures of diabetic glomerulopathy showed correlations to renal functional parameters similar to those observed in type 1 diabetes 23 . However, more recent studies suggest a significant incidence of normal glomerular structure among microalbuminuric and proteinuric Japanese type 2 diabetic patients 24 . Diabetic glomerulopathy was estimated by 0sterby et al. in Caucasian type 2 proteinuric diabetic patients 25 . All the morphometric glomerular parameters were, on average, abnormal. However some patients had glomerular structural measures within the normal range. In type 1 diabetic patients with overt nephropathy, on the other hand, glomerular structure was always severely altered 12, 25, 26, and Fioretto and Mauer, unpublished data . We have studied a large group of Caucasian type 2 diabetic patients recruited for research studies,...

Appropriate followup intervals

The best reported follow-up rates (higher than 90 ) on a recurrng basis have come from Newcastle, England (unpublished data), with the use of vans and trained photograph readers, who used standardized reference photos and provided immediate feedback to patients. By directly addressing the issues of convenience, access and feedback, this system might provide a model for a true 'marketing' approach to patient-centred eye disease detection in diabetes.

Genetic Alterations of SOD

The role of superoxide in the mediation of renal injury in diabetes in vivo has been assessed in transgenic mice which overexpress SOD1 (14,70). SOD1-transgenic mice with either STZ-induced or genetic (db db) diabetes were examined and alterations in renal function and structure compared with those in corresponding age-matched, wild-type diabetic mice. In these experimental mouse models of types 1 and 2 diabetes, overexpression of SOD-1 suppressed increases in urinary albumin excretion, glomerular volume, glomerular content of collagen IV, TGF-P and mesangial matrix volume compared with the corresponding values in diabetic wild-type mice. Overexpression of SOD-1 in the diabetic mice was associated with decreases in renal cortical accumulation of MDA and or higher GSH levels, indices of reduced renal oxidative stress (14,70). Overall, these findings support a role for superoxide in the pathogenesis of renal injury in vivo in diabetes. Conversely, in STZ diabetic mice with reduced...

Structuralfunctional Relationships In Diabetic Nephropathy

The average GBM width and Vv(Mes glom) is increased in normoalbuminuric patients with long-standing (20 yr) type 1 diabetes (46,51). However, individual values of these parameter within this group vary from the normal range to increased values that overlap those of patients with microalbuminuria and proteinuria (46,51). Although GBM width and Vv(Mes glom) in patients with microalbuminuria are rarely in the normal range, overlap with values observed in normoalbuminuric (and protein-uric) patients exists (46,51). Studies of identical twin pairs discordant for type 1 diabetes showed, in every pair studied, that the diabetic twin had higher values for GBM and TBM width and Vv(Mes glom) than the nondiabetic sibling, even if values for GBM width and Vv(Mes glom) of the diabetic twin were within the normal range (3).These studies suggested that the metabolic abnormalities of diabetes are necessary for the development of glomerular abnormalities and that all type 1 diabetic patients develop...

Placebocontrolled trials of diureticbased and betablockerbased therapy

Compared with placebo, ACE inhibitor-based treatment (with the addition of a diuretic if neither indicated nor contraindicated) lowered blood pressure by 9 4mmHg and the risk of stroke by 28 (95 CI 17-38). The benefits observed were similar among participants with and without diabetes (unpublished data), and among those with and without hypertension at baseline.

Can Weight Loss and Exercise Improve NAFLD

Recently, Huang et al. (358) reported a trend toward a histologic improvement but not a significant benefit after a year-long, intense nutritional counseling program in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Those that lost more weight overall did better, but weight reduction was overall modest (-2.9 kg) in the two-thirds of patients who successfully completed the study. In a 6-month randomized controlled trial of weight loss plus pioglitazone or placebo, we only observed a mild reduction in inflammation in the diet-plus-placebo arm and a trend toward reduction in steatosis in the subjects. The results were overall similar in only those who lost a significant amount of weight were analyzed (unpublished). Nevertheless, weight reduction must be emphasized in NAFLD and NASH patients, with some studies reporting a significant reduction in liver steatosis as measured by MRS in small (n 7-10), short-term low-fat calorie restriction studies lasting anywhere from 2 (357, 359) to 12 weeks...

Overnight Albumin Excretion Rate And Arterial Blood Pressure

62.0 and 115.7 g.min-1, respectively, increasing to 184.4 and 448.3 g.min-1, respectively (unpublished data). Gorman et al. 71 showed that microalbuminuria detected in the first decade of disease will persist or progress in the second decade in around two-thirds of patients, while a third of those initially normoalbuminuric will develop microalbuminuria. Thus, without treatment, a marked increase in the progression to overt diabetic nephropathy is seen in many individuals. In a study of young diabetic patients all diagnosed before 15 years of age, Bojestig et al. 72 found no relationship between the level of microalbuminuria at the initial investigation and the development of nephropathy. They conclude that, even in the upper range of AER, excellent glycaemic control seems to be effective in preventing macroalbuminuria and reversing AER to normal.

Tracers for the study of triglyceriderich lipoprotein kinetics Chylomicrons

The labeled lipid emulsion prepared in this fashion appears to be stable for at least a month (unpublished results). Infused at a rate of 0.6-1.2 Ci min, it has a sufficiently high specific activity ( 400,000 dpm mol fatty acid) that the infusion does not result in an increase in plasma triglyceride concentrations. Limitations on the amount of material that can be incorporated into the emulsion preclude using this technique to prepare an emulsion labeled with a stable isotopic tracer. Isolation of chylomicrons from plasma, separate from particles containing apolipoprotein B-100, is a challenge. A reasonably pure chylomicron isolate can be obtained with triple ultracentrifugation, although it still contains a small ( 4 of total triglyceride) contribution from VLDL (Park et al. 2000). This indicates that roughly half of the particles in the specimen are VLDL, and half are chylomicrons. Immunoaffinity

Podocyte Detachment From GBM

Detachment of podocytes has been reported in glomerulopathies with severe podocyte damage. We have documented obvious and substantial podocyte foot process detachment from GBM in proteinuric type 1 diabetic patients (31). We also found that a small but measurable fraction of GBM is denuded of podocyte foot processes in normoalbuminuric and microalbuminuric longstanding type 1 diabetic patients. Podocyte foot process detachment correlates inversely with GFR and directly with AER. Podocyte detachment is known to be associated with tuft to Bowman's capsule adhesions (TBCA) (32), a finding that is frequent in proteinuric type 1 diabetic patients (33). Also, denuded areas of GBM may explain nonselective (shunt) permeability defects in proteinuric diabetic patients (34). However, this detachment process was not seen in a small cohort of patients with steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome who later developed focal segmental glomerulo-sclerosis (Lee HS et al., unpublished observations), thus...

Other Monogenic Forms of Diabetes

Apoptosis and cell cycle arrest (263). HYMAI generates an untranslated mRNA. Both PLAGL1 and HYMAI are imprinted and expressed only from the paternal chromosome (264). Expression of ZAC or HYMAI inhibits pancreatic development and P-cell function in transgenic mice (265). Overexpression of PLAGL1 inhibits insulin synthesis and secretion in vitro (unpublished, Qu and Polychronakos)

Prevention And Reversal Of Diabetic Nephropathy Lesions

Patients (71), but also reduces GBM thickening (72), and, in patients who have renal allografts, results in less accumulation of mesangial matrix (73). Pancreas transplantation 2-4 yr after renal transplantation is associated 4-6 yr later with less mesangial expansion than after kidney transplantation alone (74). Simultaneous kidney pancreas transplantation prevents DN lesions (75). We documented that although DN lesions do not change 5 yr after pancreas transplantation (76), significant improvement or preventing diabetic glomerulopathy lesions including reduction in the thickness of GBM and TBM and mesangial matrix, disappearance of K-W nodular lesions representing substantial remodeling of the glomerular architecture, was seen 10 yr after pancreas transplantation alone (77). Possible explanations for this delayed healing could be relative insusceptibility of heavily glycosylated and cross-linked ECM molecules to degradation (78) or phenotypical alterations in renal cells that...

Association Of Retinopathy With Nephropathy

Patients with DN usually have diabetic retinopathy. Both complications share the risk factors of poor glycaemic control, raised blood pressure and long duration of diabetes.172,173 However, while nearly all patients with type 1 diabetes eventually develop retinopathy, only about a third develop clinically overt DN (macroalbuminuria).174 The EURODIAB study showed that the prevalence of retinopathy in type 1 diabetes was positively correlated with blood pressure, in those with and without DN, but the increase in prevalence of retinopathy with higher blood-pressure levels was more marked in those with DN than those without.175 Furthermore, in people with retinopathy, AER increased exponentially with increasing blood-pressure, whereas in people without retinopathy there was no rise in AER with increasing blood pressure.176 In type 2 diabetes, retinopathy correlates with glomerular ultra-structural changes, but some patients have proteinuria without overt retinopathy.177 Preliminary...

Sonic Hedgehog And Diabetic Neuropathy

Mechanism Diabetic Neuropathy

There is a clear disruption in the gene expression of hedgehog genes in the peripheral nervous system of diabetic animals. The mRNA encoding Dhh is reduced in the sciatic nerve of the diabetic rat (4). In addition, shh was downregulated in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons of diabetic animals at 8 weeks duration of diabetes (Burnand et al., unpublished observations). The mechanism by which treatment with Shh-IgG restores functional deficits in the nerve is unknown. As previously mentioned, treatment of the diabetic rat with Shh-IgG reverses a number of indices of diabetic neuropathy including, deficits in nerve conduction velocity. Figure 2 shows sensory and motor nerve conduction velocity values at 8 and 12 weeks duration of diabetes in the STZ model of diabetes. There are clear deficits in the diabetic animals that are reversed by treatment with Shh-IgG. Shh-IgG treatment had no effect on body weight or glycemia in diabetic rats, implying that the severity of diabetes was...

Spinal Neurochemistry In Diabetes

It has been previously speculated that decreased excitatory neurotransmitter input to the spinal cord as a result of a hyperglycemia-induced shift in the phenotype of primary afferents could lead to a sensitized postsynapse through upregulation of receptors for the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate and the modulating neuropeptides substance P and CGRP. This hypothesis was prompted by the observation that whereas peripherally-evoked spinal release of substance P is reduced in diabetic rats, direct delivery of substance P to the spinal cord of diabetic rats elicits a protracted hyperalgesic response (52,65). The biological precedent for such a mechanism is seen in skeletal muscle, which responds to denervation and loss of cholinergic excitatory input by increasing the amount of ACH receptor protein and progressing to a state of denervation hypersensitivity (see ref. 72). Of the few studies published to date, ligand binding experiments have reported increased binding of substance P...

Role For Oxidativenitrosative Stress

Second, several extramitochondrial mechanisms have been demonstrated to be of similar, if not greater importance in endothelial cells of vasa nervorum as well as other cells. Those include xanthine oxidase, a multifunctional enzyme of an iron-sulfur molybdenum flavoprotein composition, present in high concentrations in capillary endothelial cells and producing oxygen free radicals, uric acid, and superoxide. Xanthine oxidase is increased in ischemia-reperfusion injuries, anoxia, inflammation, and diabetes mellitus (103). The importance of xanthine oxidase in PDN has been recently demonstrated by Cameron et al. (unpublished) who found a complete correction of diabetes-associated NBF and conduction deficits by the xanthine oxidase inhibitor allopurinol. The same group produced evidence suggesting that two other extramitochondrial mechanisms of ROS generation, i.e., NAD(P)H oxidase and semi-carbazide sensitive amine oxidase are also involved in the pathogenesis of PDN...


The active components of chamomile include blue azulene (an essential oil), glycosides (carbohydrate-based compounds found in many medicinal plants), and many acids and esters. It is also rich in antioxidants. In an unpublished study allergist Holger Biltz, M.D., of Bad Honnef, Germany, reported that a chamomile-containing cream reduced reddening after UV exposure, and reduced skin roughness.


Diabetes-related autoantibodies are discussed elsewhere in this book. No antipara-thyroid autoantibodies are recognized. Autoantibodies against the calcium sensing receptor have been reported in hypoparathyroidism (18), but this finding has not been confirmed. They were not found in a large series of Finnish patients with hypoparathy-roidism of APECED (Spiegel and Perheentupa, unpublished).

For Dn

Glomerular endothelial cells express GLUT1 (Heilig, unpublished data). However, other glucose transporters have yet to be described in these cells, and the response of glomerular endothelial cell GLUT1 to diabetes has yet to be characterized. Diabetic exposure of nonrenal endothelial cells leads to different responses of GLUT1 depending on the origin of the cells, with a decrease in endothelial GLUT1 in brain and heart endothelial cells (51), and no decrease in retinal endothelial cells (51,52). The lack of a decrease in retinal endothelial cell GLUT1 with diabetes was suggested to make the eyes more susceptible to diabetic damage (51,52). It will be of interest to find out how glomerular glucose transporters are regulated in the setting of diabetes mellitus.


This review has important limitations. Publication bias is possible in weight loss intervention studies (Allison 1996) and pharma-cotherapy trials, which are often sponsored and financed by drug manufacturers. We attempted to obtain unpublished studies from the manufacturers of each of the included drugs as well as from researchers in this field, but received no data. We tried to minimize language bias by not excluding studies based on language of publication. Published drug trials funded by for-profit organizations have been shown to have more positive conclusions about the drug than studies funded by nonprofit organizations (Als-Nielson 2003). Although the causes for this association are not known, possible explanations include biased interpretation of trial results and reporting.


Figure 6.1 Lactic acidosis in 49 metformin treated patients with plasma metformin concentration available mortality ( ) according to plasma metformin concentrations (< 1 mg L, therapeutic or low 1-5 mg L, moderately increased > 5 mg L, markedly increased) (Lalau, unpublished data)

Role For Ar

The role for AR in PDN has been reviewed in detail (40). New evidence for the key role of AR in the pathogenesis of PDN has been generated in both experimental studies in animal and cell culture models of diabetes and clinical trials of ARIs. The results implicating increased AR activity in high glucose- and diabetes-induced oxidative-nitrosative stress (41-45) and downstream events such as mitogen-activated PK (MAPK) activation (46,47), PARP activation (45), COX-2 activation (Calcutt et al., unpublished), and activation of NF-kB (46,47) are of particular interest. In particular, it has been demonstrated that AR inhibition counteracts high glucose- and diabetes-induced superoxide formation in aorta (42), epineurial vessels (45), and endothelial cells (43-45) nitrotyrosine formation in peripheral nerve (45), vasa nervorum (46), kidney glomeruli and tubuli (48), endothelial cells (43) and mesangial cells (48), lipid The author's group has also demonstrated the key role for AR in...

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