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What are the common symptoms of type 1 diabetes and why?

Polyuria - glucose is filtered from the blood but it is not all reabsorbed so remains in the nephron of the kidney tubule. This means there is an extra osmotic pressure on the nephron and water less water is reabsorbed. Excreted as copious amounts of urine

Thirst - due to excess water loss and the osmotic effects of glucose on thirst centres

Weight loss - fat and protein are metabolised by tissues because insulin is absent


What are the markers before someone actually developed diabetes?

Genetic markers HLA DR3 and HLA DR4


What are the symptoms of ketoacidosis?

Abdominal pains


What causes ketoacidosis in type 1 diabetes?

High rates of beta-oxidation of fatty acids coupled with low insulin leads to the production of huge amounts of ketone bodies.


What are some symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Usual triad
Lack of energy
Persistent infections
Slow healing of minor skin damage
Visual problems


How is diabetes diagnosed?

-Random venous plasma glucose concentration >11.1mmol/L
-Fasting plasma glucose conc >7.0 mmol/L
-Plasma glucose conc >11.1 mmol/L 2 hours after 75g anhydrous glucose

One of these signs plus symptoms or
No symptoms and two of these signs.


Other than insulin, how can type 2 be treated?

Sulphonylureas - increase insulin release from the remaining beta cells and reduce insulin resistance

Metformin - reduces gluconeogenesis


What happens to glucose in persistent hyperglycaemia in some tissues?

Glucose + NADPH + H+ --> sorbitol + NAD+
Catalysed by aldose reductase


What are 3 macrovascular complications of diabetes?

Myocardial infarction
Poor circulation the the peripheries - especially feet


What are micro vascular complications of diabetes?

Diabetic eye disease - changes in the lens due to osmotic effects of glucose (glaucoma), and cataracts. Diabetic retinopathy - damage to blood vessels leading to blindness

Nephropathy - diabetic kidney disease - damage to glomeruli, changes in kidney blood vessels and damage from urinary tract infections

Diabetic neuropathy - changes/loss of sensation, alteration in the function of the autonomic nervous system

Diabetic feet - poor blood supply, damage to nerves and increased risk of infection can contribute


In the pancreas, which cells produce insulin and glucagon?

Alpha cells - glucagon
Beta cells - insulin


What characteristics to cells which synthesise proteins for export have?

Extensive rough endoplasmic reticulum
Well-defined Golgi apparatus
Many mitochondria
Well-defined system of microtubules and micro filaments


What is the structure of insulin?

Two polypeptide chains - A and B
Held together by two disulphide bridges
Chain A has another disulphide bridge


How is insulin synthesised?

Synthesised on ribosomes associated with RER a pre-proinsulin
Signal peptide (pre) ensures insulin enters cisternal space of ER
Signal peptide then removed
Pro insulin folds
Transported to the TRANS Golgi apparatus and packaged into storage vesicles
C peptide removed by proteolysis from middle of chain
A and B chains held by disulphide bridges


How is insulin stored?

In storage vesicles along with the C peptide
Stored as crystalline zinc-insulin complex


What factors control insulin secretion?

Metabolites (glucose, amino acids, fatty acids)
Neurotransmitters (adrenaline, noradrenaline, Ach)
GI tract hormones (gastrin, secretin, cholecystokinin)


What is the structure of glucagon?

A single polypeptide hormone
Flexible 3D structure


What are the main actions of glucagon?

Increase gluconeogenesis in liver
Increase glycogenolysis and decrease glycogenesis in liver
Increase ketogenesis in liver
Increase lipolysis in adipose tissue


What is the mechanism of action of glucagon?

Binds to glucagon receptors on the cell membrane (GPCR)
This activates adenylate cyclase, increasing cAMP
High cAMP activates protein kinase A (PKA)
This phosphorylates and activates important enzymes


What controls glucagon secretion

Blood glucose concentration