Islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) transgenic rodents as models for type 2 diabetes

Aleksey V. Matveyenko, Peter C. Butler

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Blood glucose concentrations are maintained by insulin secreted from β-cells located in the islets of Langerhans. There are -2000 β-cells per islet, and -one million islets of Langerhans scattered throughout the pancreas. The islet in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) has deficient β-cell mass due to increased β-cell apoptosis and islet amyloid derived from islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP). Accumulating evidence implicates toxic IAPP oligomers in the mediation of β-cell apoptosis in T2D. Humans, monkeys, and cats express an amyloidogenic toxic form of IAPP and spontaneously develop diabetes characterized by islet amyloid deposits. However, longitudinal studies of islet pathology in humans are impossible, and studies in nonhuman primates and cats are costly and impractical. Rodent IAPP is not amyloidogenic, thus commonly used rodent models of diabetes do not recapitulate islet pathology in humans. To investigate the diabetogenic role of human IAPP (h-IAPP), several mouse models and, more recently. a rat model transgenic for h-IAPP have been developed. Studies in these models have revealed that the toxic effect of h-IAPP on β-cell apoptosis demonstrates a threshold-dependent effect. Specifically, increasing h-IAPP transgene expression by breeding or induction of insulin resistance leads to increased β-cell apoptosis and diabetes. These transgenic rodent models for h-IAPP provide an opportunity to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for h-IAPP-induced β-cell apoptosis further and to test novel approaches to the prevention and treatment of T2D.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-233
Number of pages9
JournalILAR Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006


  • Amyloid
  • Apoptosis
  • Beta-cell
  • Diabetes
  • HIP rat
  • Islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP)
  • h-IAPP transgenic mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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