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Maiorana A.,Metabolic Unit | Maiorana A.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | Barbetti F.,Laboratory of Mendelian Diabetes | Boiani A.,Metabolic Unit | And 11 more authors.
Clinical Endocrinology | Year: 2014

Objective Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) requires rapid diagnosis and treatment to avoid irreversible neurological sequelae due to hypoglycaemia. Aetiological diagnosis is instrumental in directing the appropriate therapy. Current diagnostic algorithms provide a complete set of diagnostic tools including (i) biochemical assays, (ii) genetic facility and (iii) state-of-the-art imaging. They consider the response to a therapeutic diazoxide trial an early, crucial step before proceeding (or not) to specific genetic testing and eventually imaging, aimed at distinguishing diffuse vs focal CHI. However, interpretation of the diazoxide test is not trivial and can vary between research groups, which may lead to inappropriate decisions. Objective of this report is proposing a new algorithm in which early genetic screening, rather than diazoxide trial, dictates subsequent clinical decisions.Patients, Methods and Results Two CHI patients weaned from parenteral glucose infusion and glucagon after starting diazoxide. No hypoglycaemia was registered during a 72-h continuous glucose monitoring (CGMS), or hypoglycaemic episodes were present for no longer than 3% of 72-h. Normoglycaemia was obtained by low-medium dose diazoxide combined with frequent carbohydrate feeds for several years. We identified monoallelic, paternally inherited mutations in KATP channel genes, and 18F-DOPA PET-CT revealed a focal lesion that was surgically resected, resulting in complete remission of hypoglycaemia.Conclusions Although rare, some patients with focal lesions may be responsive to diazoxide. As a consequence, we propose an algorithm that is not based on a 'formal' diazoxide response but on genetic testing, in which patients carrying paternally inherited ABCC8 or KCNJ11 mutations should always be subjected to 18F-DOPA PET-CT. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Prudente S.,Mendel Laboratory | Jungtrakoon P.,Joslin Diabetes Center | Jungtrakoon P.,Harvard University | Marucci A.,Research Unit of Diabetes and Endocrine Diseases | And 29 more authors.
American Journal of Human Genetics | Year: 2015

Diabetes mellitus is a highly heterogeneous disorder encompassing several distinct forms with different clinical manifestations including a wide spectrum of age at onset. Despite many advances, the causal genetic defect remains unknown for many subtypes of the disease, including some of those forms with an apparent Mendelian mode of inheritance. Here we report two loss-of-function mutations (c.1655T>A [p.Leu552≥] and c.280G>A [p.Asp94Asn]) in the gene for the Adaptor Protein, Phosphotyrosine Interaction, PH domain, and leucine zipper containing 1 (APPL1) that were identified by means of whole-exome sequencing in two large families with a high prevalence of diabetes not due to mutations in known genes involved in maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY). APPL1 binds to AKT2, a key molecule in the insulin signaling pathway, thereby enhancing insulin-induced AKT2 activation and downstream signaling leading to insulin action and secretion. Both mutations cause APPL1 loss of function. The p.Leu552≥ alteration totally abolishes APPL1 protein expression in HepG2 transfected cells and the p.Asp94Asn alteration causes significant reduction in the enhancement of the insulin-stimulated AKT2 and GSK3β phosphorylation that is observed after wild-type APPL1 transfection. These findings - linking APPL1 mutations to familial forms of diabetes - reaffirm the critical role of APPL1 in glucose homeostasis. © 2015 The American Society of Human Genetics.

Iafusco D.,The Second University of Naples | Massa O.,Laboratory of Mendelian Diabetes | Pasquino B.,Regional Hospital | Colombo C.,Laboratory of Mendelian Diabetes | And 14 more authors.
Acta Diabetologica | Year: 2012

Until early 2000, permanent and transient neonatal diabetes mellitus (NDM), defined as diabetes with onset within 6 weeks from birth that requires insulin therapy for at least 2 weeks, were considered exceedingly rare conditions, with a global incidence of 1:500,000-1:400,000 live births. The new definition of NDM recently adopted, that includes patients with diabetes onset within 6 months of age, has prompted studies that have set the incidence of the permanent form alone between 1:210,000 and 1:260,000 live births. Aim of the present work was to ascertain the incidence of NDM (i.e. permanent + transient form) in Italy for years 2005-2010. Patients referred to the Italian reference laboratory for NDM between years 2005 and 2010 and screened for mutations in common NDM genes (KCNJ11, ABCC8, and INS) and for uniparental isodisomy of chromosome 6 (UDP6) were reviewed. A questionnaire aimed at identifying NDM cases investigated in other laboratories was sent to 54 Italian reference centers for pediatric diabetes. Twenty-seven patients with NDM born between 2005 and 2010 were referred to the reference laboratory. In this group, a mutation of either KCNJ11, ABCC8 or INS was found in 18 patients, and a case with UDP6 was identified. Questionnaires revealed 4 additional cases with transient neonatal diabetes due to UDP6. Incidence of NDM was calculated at 1:90,000 (CI: 1:63,000-1:132,000) live births. Thus, with the definition currently in use, about 6 new cases with NDM are expected to be born in Italy each year. © 2011 The Author(s).

Russo L.,Laboratory of Mendelian Diabetes | Marsella C.,Laboratory of Mendelian Diabetes | Nardo G.,Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research | Massignan T.,Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research | And 8 more authors.
Acta Diabetologica | Year: 2013

Transglutaminase 2 (TG2) is a multifunctional protein with Ca 2+-dependent transamidating and G protein activity. Previously, we reported that tgm2 -/- mice have an impaired insulin secretion and that naturally occurring TG2 mutations associated with familial, early-onset type 2 diabetes, show a defective transamidating activity. Aim of this study was to get a better insight into the role of TG2 in insulin secretion by identifying substrates of TG2 transamidating activity in the pancreatic beta cell line INS-1E. To this end, we labeled INS-1E that are capable of secreting insulin upon glucose stimulation in the physiologic range, with an artificial acyl acceptor (biotinamido-pentylamine) or donor (biotinylated peptide), in basal condition and after stimulus with glucose for 2, 5, and 8 min. Biotinylated proteins were analyzed by two-dimensional electrophoresis and mass spectrometry. In addition, subcellular localization of TG2 in human endocrine pancreas was studied by electron microscopy. Among several TG2's transamidating substrates in INS-1E, mass spectrometry identified cytoplasmic actin (a result confirmed in human pancreatic islet), tropomyosin, and molecules that participate in insulin granule structure (e.g., GAPDH), glucose metabolism, or [Ca2+] sensing (e.g., calreticulin). Physical interaction between TG2 and cytoplasmic actin during glucose-stimulated first-phase insulin secretion was confirmed by co-immunoprecipitation. Electron microscopy revealed that TG2 is localized close to insulin and glucagon granules in human pancreatic islet. We propose that TG2's role in insulin secretion may involve cytoplasmic actin remodeling and may have a regulative action on other proteins during granule movement. A similar role of TG2 in glucagon secretion is also suggested. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.

Russo L.,Laboratory of Mendelian Diabetes | Iafusco D.,The Second University of Naples | Brescianini S.,Istituto Superiore di Sanita | Nocerino V.,Laboratory of Mendelian Diabetes | And 16 more authors.
Diabetologia | Year: 2011

Aims/hypothesis: The aim of this study was to investigate the genetic aetiology of permanent diabetes mellitus with onset in the first 12 months of age. Methods: We studied 46 probands with permanent, insulin-requiring diabetes with onset within the first 6 months of life (permanent neonatal diabetes mellitus [PNDM]/monogenic diabetes of infancy [MDI]) (group 1) and eight participants with diabetes diagnosed between 7 and 12 months of age (group 2). KCNJ11, INS and ABCC8 genes were sequentially sequenced in all patients. For those who were negative in the initial screening, we examined ERN1, CHGA, CHGB and NKX6-1 genes and, in selected probands, CACNA1C, GCK, FOXP3, NEUROG3 and CDK4. The incidence rate for PNDM/MDI was calculated using a database of Italian patients collected from 1995 to 2009. Results: In group 1 we found mutations in KCNJ11, INS and ABCC8 genes in 23 (50%), 9 (19.5%) and 4 (8.6%) patients respectively, and a single homozygous mutation in GCK (2.1%). In group 2, we identified one incidence of a KCNJ11 mutation. No genetic defects were detected in other loci. The incidence rate of PNDM/MDI in Italy is estimated to be 1:210,287. Conclusions/interpretation: Genetic mutations were identified in ~75% of non-consanguineous probands with PNDM/MDI, using sequential screening of KCNJ11, INS and ABCC8 genes in infants diagnosed within the first 6 months of age. This percentage decreased to 12% in those with diabetes diagnosed between 7 and 12 months. Patients belonging to the latter group may either carry mutations in genes different from those commonly found in PNDM/MDI or have developed an early-onset form of autoimmune diabetes. © 2011 The Author(s).

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