The rat models of non-insulin dependent diabetes induced by neonatal streptozotocin

Diabete Metab. 1989 Mar-Apr;15(2):61-75.


This review is intended to describe the characteristics of the rat models of non-insulin-dependent diabetes induced by neonatal streptozotocin administration (n-STZ models), to sum-up the information so far collected and to highlight the potential of these models for diabetes research. The n-STZ models can now be recognized as adequate tools for the elucidation of the mechanisms leading to: 1) regeneration of the beta cells, 2) the functional "exhaustion" of the beta cells, 3) the emergence of defects in insulin action. They appear well-suited to study the effects of the modulating factors involved in the appearance and/or deterioration of non-insulin-dependent diabetes (obesity, gestation, content of the diet). They are potentially appropriate for investigations in diabetes pharmacotherapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / physiopathology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology*
  • Rats
  • Streptozocin / administration & dosage


  • Streptozocin