Aberrant monocyte prostaglandin synthase 2 (PGS2) expression in type 1 diabetes before and after disease onset.

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METHODS: We examined monocyte prostaglandin synthase 2 (PGS2/COX2) expression in individuals at risk for or with type 1 diabetes including: (i) 58 established type 1 and 2 diabetic patients; (ii) 34 autoantibody positive (AA+) children and adults; (iii) 164 infants and young children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) susceptibility human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles; and (iv) 37 healthy control individuals, over a 5-yr period. RESULTS: Established type 1 diabetic patients (1 month to 30+ yr post-disease onset) had significantly higher PGS2 expression than healthy controls; by contrast, insulin-treated type 2 diabetic patients had significantly lower PGS2 expression than healthy controls. Longitudinal studies of AA+ subjects at risk for type 1 diabetes indicated that 73% (11/15) of individuals who developed this disease during the study period expressed high levels of PGS2 prior to or after onset. We also found high level PGS2 expression in genetically at-risk infants and young children that correlated with having a first-degree relative with type 1 diabetes, but not with age, gender, or HLA genotype. In this population, high level PGS2 expression coincided with or preceded autoantibody detection in 30% (3/10) of subjects. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that high level monocyte PGS2 expression, although subject to fluctuation, is present in at-risk subjects at an early age and is maintained during progression to and after type 1 diabetes onset.

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Cited Authors

  • Litherland, SA; She, JX; Schatz, D; Fuller, K; Hutson, AD; Peng, RH; Li, Y; Grebe, KM; Whittaker, DS; Bahjat, K; Hopkins, D; Fang, Q; Spies, PD; North, K; Wasserfall, C; Cook, R; Dennis, MA; Crockett, S; Sleasman, J; Kocher, J; Muir, A; Silverstein, J; Atkinson, M; Clare-Salzler, MJ

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 10 - 18

PubMed ID

  • 14655518

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14655518

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1399-543X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1034/j.1399-5448.2003.00042.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Denmark