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Targeted overactivity of beta cell K(ATP) channels induces profound neonatal diabetes.

A paradigm for control of insulin secretion is that glucose metabolism elevates cytoplasmic [ATP]/[ADP] in beta cells, closing K(ATP) channels and causing depolarization, Ca2+ entry, and insulin release. Decreased responsiveness of K(ATP) channels to elevated [ATP]/[ADP] should therefore lead to decreased insulin secretion and diabetes. To test this critical prediction, we generated transgenic mice expressing beta cell K(ATP) channels with reduced ATP sensitivity. Animals develop severe hyperglycemia, hypoinsulinemia, and ketoacidosis within 2 days and typically die within 5. Nevertheless, islet morphology, insulin localization, and alpha and beta cell distributions were normal (before day 3), pointing to reduced insulin secretion as causal. The data indicate that normal K(ATP) channel activity is critical for maintenance of euglycemia and that overactivity can cause diabetes by inhibiting insulin secretion.

Pubmed ID: 10761930


  • Koster JC
  • Marshall BA
  • Ensor N
  • Corbett JA
  • Nichols CG



Publication Data

March 17, 2000

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: DK02339
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: DK20579
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: DK55282

Mesh Terms

  • 3-Hydroxybutyric Acid
  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Blood Glucose
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1
  • Gene Expression
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Indicators and Reagents
  • Insulin
  • Islets of Langerhans
  • Luminescent Proteins
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Patch-Clamp Techniques
  • Phenotype
  • Potassium Channels
  • Potassium Channels, Inwardly Rectifying
  • Transgenes