Aims: Pancreatic islet transplantation (PIT) represents a potential curative treatment for patients with type 1 diabetes, but only 10-15% of patients remain insulin independent 5 years post-transplant. It is not known whether intrinsic insulin resistance exacerbated by immunosuppression plays a pivotal role in low graft survival. The study objective was to understand the changes in insulin resistance, glucose effectiveness (S(g)) and free fatty acid dynamics (FFAd) before and after PIT.
Methods: Insulin sensitivity index (S(i)), S(g) and FFAd were measured before and after PIT in 10 lean patients, 8 of whom reached insulin independence. Modified Bergman minimal model of frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance tests were performed pretransplant and at 12 months post-transplant. Nine non-diabetic control (NDC) subjects matched by age, gender and BMI were used.
Results: Pretransplant S(i) and S(g) were 3.5 ± 0.8 × 10(-5)/min/(pmol/l) and 0.74 ± 0.24 × 10(-2)/min, respectively. S(i) was significantly lower than matched NDCs [10.8 ± 0.6 × 10(-5)/min/(pmol/l), p < 0.004]; S(g) did not reach statistical significance (1.27 ± 0.22 × 10(-2)/min, p = 0.25). Compared to pretransplant values, mean post-transplant S(i) and S(g) were 9.6 ± 1.3 × 10(-5)/min/(pmol/l)and 1.28 ± 0.22 ×10(-2)/min, respectively, indicating significant improvement for S(i) but not S(g) (p = 0.008 and p = 0.06). Twelve-month post-PIT compared to NDC values were not significantly different (p = 0.58 and 0.97, respectively). In addition, fractional disposal rate for FFA which directly depends on the endogenous insulin release (10-20 min) nearly normalized after PIT (p = 0.06).
Conclusion: These preliminary findings demonstrate that PIT can restore glucose disposal and insulin sensitivity and partially correct glucose effectiveness and FFAd.
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