Relation of White Blood Cell Function to Diabetes
Patients who are pre-diabetic or have adult onset (type 2) diabetes have a significantly greater risk of developing heart, blood vessel, or kidney diseases.
Recent studies have shown that abnormalities in white blood cell function may increase the chances of developing insulin resistance, the underlying problem in diabetic or pre-diabetic patients.
To determine levels of insulin sensitivity in selected volunteers.
To compare the white blood cells of non-diabetic, pre-diabetic, and type 2 (adult onset) diabetic volunteers to evaluate possible differences in white blood cell function.
Individuals between 21 and 60 years of age who (1) are non-diabetic, (2) are pre-diabetic (glucose intolerant or insulin resistant), or (3) have type 2 diabetes that is controlled by diet and/or medications other than insulin.
Evaluations before treatment:
- Blood tests, including screening procedures for blood-transmitted diseases such as hepatitis B and C, insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance tests, and liver and kidney function tests.
- Pregnancy tests for women of childbearing age.
Two tests will be performed during the study period:
- Glucose tolerance test to determine how well the body uses glucose.
- Blood drawn to study white blood cells.
Participants will be financially compensated for the time spent during the study.
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||Pilot Study of Monocyte Biology in Insulin Sensitive, Resistant and Diabetic Subjects|
|Study Start Date:||November 27, 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 19, 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Type II diabetes mellitus is rapidly becoming a global pandemic with a deleterious impact on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Understanding its pathophysiology is important for the development of future therapeutic interventions. Interestingly, mitochondrial dysfunction in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue are early events in the development of type II diabetes mellitus and are proposed to play a role in exacerbating insulin resistance. The genetic disruption of macrophage mitochondrial biology in preclinical studies results in the development of insulin resistance and concurrent mitochondrial dysfunction in peripheral tissue including skeletal muscle and the liver. Whether this disruption of mitochondrial function is evident in human mononuclear cells is unknown. We propose that the disruption of mitochondrial function in circulating cells may contribute to not only peripheral insulin resistance but may also evoke the myriad of vascular complications associated with diabetes.
To test these assumptions, we propose an initial proof of concept study to evaluate mitochondrial biology in circulating monocytes in normal volunteers, pre-diabetic and diabetic subjects to assess whether mitochondrial disruption/dysfunction evolves with the progression to type II diabetes. In parallel, gene expression and proteomic analysis will be performed to evaluate whether the development of insulin resistance and diabetes confers a specific modulation in the biological signature of monocytes with disease progression. To delineate these concepts we will evaluate study subjects' glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and draw blood to examine peripheral monocytes. Biological readouts will include: 1) the quantification of the mitochondrial genomic and electron transfer chain content; 2) the determination of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species capacity and defenses; 3) the pattern of monocyte differentiation and 4) the unbiased assessment of monocyte gene expression and proteome.
If the mitochondrial hypothesis is operational, this study will show that the mitochondrial disruption/dysfunction is a more generalized finding in type II diabetes. This would establish targeting the modification of mitochondrial function in various tissue/cell types as a novel strategy in the prevention and/or reversal of insulin resistance and diabetes.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00570154
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|