Type 1 diabetes results from the selective destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells during islet inflammation, which involves inflammatory cytokines and free radicals. However, mechanisms for protecting β-cells from destruction have not been clarified. In this study, we define the role of SOCS3 on β-cell destruction using β-cell-specific SOCS3-conditional knockout (cKO) mice. The β-cell-specific SOCS3-deficient mice were resistant to the development of diabetes caused by streptozotocin (STZ), a genotoxic methylating agent, which has been used to trigger β-cell destruction. The islets from cKO mice demonstrated hyperactivation of STAT3 and higher induction of Bcl-xL than did islets from WT mice, and SOCS3-deficient β-cells were more resistant to apoptosis induced by STZ in vitro than were WT β-cells. These results suggest that enhanced STAT3 signaling protects β-cells from destruction induced by a genotoxic stress and that STAT3/SOCS3 can be a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Aug 10|
- Inflammatory cytokine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology