• Herwig Hahn von Dorsche
  • Harald Schäfer
  • Milan Titlbach
Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 130)


Sand rats, which are desert rodents, live in their natural environment one animal to a burrow and seem to feed on succulent plants rich in minerals and protein and of low caloric content. If these animals are colony caged and fed on a carbohydrate-rich and high-calorie rat pellet chow under laboratory conditions, most develop obesity-diabetes syndrome of differing degrees of severity. A small number of animals die early of a fulminating type of diabetes.


Adrenal Cortex Pancreatic Polypeptide Zona Glomerulosa Succulent Plant Induce Insulin Secretion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herwig Hahn von Dorsche
    • 1
  • Harald Schäfer
    • 2
  • Milan Titlbach
    • 3
  1. 1.StralsundGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Diabetes “Gerhardt Katsch”Ernst Moritz Arndt Universität GreifswaldKarlsburgGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Experimental MedicineAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPrague 2Czech Republic

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