Liver-specific IGF-I gene deficient mice exhibit accelerated diabetes in response to streptozotocin, associated with early onset of insulin resistance

Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2003 Jun 30;204(1-2):31-42. doi: 10.1016/s0303-7207(03)00145-x.


Liver-specific IGF-I gene deficient (LID) mice exhibit pancreatic islet hyperplasia and insulin resistance. To clarify their causal relationship, we studied age-dependent changes in these two aspects and the response to beta-cell damage caused by streptozotocin in adult mice. As a result, the onset of insulin resistance in LID mice was detectable as early as 1-month of age, while hyperinsulinemia was developed after a significant delay at 2.5-month. Upon streptozotocin administration, control mice exhibited significant hyperglycemia after 9 days, and glucose levels continued to rise at 12-15 days. LID mice developed diabetes much more rapidly, with hyperglycemia after 6 days and higher glucose levels up to 15 days. They also exhibited significant weight loss and 6/19 died. Serum insulin assay, insulin mRNA analysis and immunohistochemistry revealed that the more severe diabetes in LID mice was not due to more damage to their beta-cells. Thus LID mice are more sensitive to streptozotocin-induced beta-cell damage, due to a primary defect in insulin responsiveness. The pancreatic islet hyperplasia observed in these mice seems to represent a compensatory response to insulin resistance, therefore, offers no protection against beta-cell damage.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age of Onset
  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / etiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / genetics*
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hyperinsulinism
  • Hyperplasia / etiology
  • Insulin Resistance / genetics*
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I / deficiency
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I / genetics*
  • Islets of Langerhans / pathology*
  • Liver
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Streptozocin
  • Time Factors


  • Blood Glucose
  • Streptozocin
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I