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Long-term diabetic complications in elderly patients with variable levels of HMGA1 expression
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- Published: 19 May 2010
- Diabetic Patient
- High Mobility Group
- Chronic Complication
- Intracellular Expression
- Healthy Control Individual
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a very common metabolic disorder affecting ~200 million people worldwide . Chronic complications of the disease due to poor metabolic control are specifically associated with long-term damage, dysfunction and failure of various organs, causing blindness, renal failure, amputations, and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases . Previously, we reported a novel genetic flaw that markedly reduced the intracellular expression of the high mobility group A1 (HMGA1) protein, and adversely affected insulin receptor expression in cells and tissues, leading to human diabetes . Also, the involvement of HMGA1 in the transcriptional regulation of genes essential in both the inflammatory response and atherosclerosis is well known . Herein we have investigated the prevalence of chronic complications in an elderly diabetic population according to the expression levels of HMGA1.
The study was performed in 125 elderly patients (aged over 65 years) with type 2 diabetes consecutively attending our outpatient diabetes clinic, in Catanzaro. 50 unrelated age-, sex-, and ethnically-matched healthy controls were enrolled. Periodic clinical and biochemical examinations were performed on every patient, before and during the time of investigation. Total RNA was prepared from peripheral-blood mononuclear cells of patients and controls, cDNA was synthesized and used for HMGA1 real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) amplification. Western blot (WB) analysis of HMGA1 was performed on nuclear extracts from peripheral lymphomonocytes as previously described [5, 6]. The study was approved by the local ethics committee (Comitato Etico Regione Calabria, Azienda Ospedaleria “Mater Domini,” Catanzaro) and informed consent was obtained from all individuals.
HMGA1 mRNA (left) and protein (right) levels from healthy control individuals (C), and type 2 diabetic patients without (T2D-N) or with (T2D-R) defects in HMGA1 expression. -actin (ACTB) and C/EBP, controls. mRNA and protein abundance are expressed as percent of maximal control value (100%). *p < 0.05 vs C.
T2D-N (n = 111)
T2D-R (n = 14)
Long term complications
A deficit of HMGA1 in affected diabetic patients may confer a less severe course of the disease in terms of long-term chronic complications of diabetes.
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