Transgenic hyperinsulinemia: A mouse model of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance without obesity

  • S. Lee Marbán
  • Jesse Roth
Part of the Rev.Ser.Advs.Research Diab.Animals (Birkhäuser) book series (RSARDA, volume 6)


Type II diabetes represents the most common form of diabetes in humans and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality.1In any individual patient, the primary metabolic abnormality initiating this disease process remains elusive, in spite of extensive study of the human condition and multiple animal models.2–5 Most of these models share several features with human type II diabetes, including glucose intolerance associated with hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, and obesity. We describe here transgenic mice that represent a novel model of early type II diabetes. They share many physiologic characteristics with other rodent models of type II diabetes, but they are not obese. They are not the result of a poorly defined mutation that may cause extensive abnormalities beyond those seen in glucose homeostasis, and they are not the result of surgical or pharmacologic manipulation. The metabolic abnormalities seen in these transgenics result from the introduction of multiple copies of the normal human insulin gene into their genome.

key words

transgenic hyperinsulinemia insulin resistance type II diabetes mellitus human insulin gene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Lee Marbán
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jesse Roth
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Neonatology, Department of PediatricsSinai Hospital of BaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Department of MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsSinai Hospital of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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