Sep 1, 1988

Insulin autoantibodies are associated with islet cell antibodies; their relation to insulin antibodies and B-cell function in diabetic children

J LudvigssonT Mandrup-Poulsen


Blood was drawn from 74 children, 3-16 years old, at diagnosis of Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes and before the first insulin injection. Insulin autoantibodies were detected with a polyethylen-glycol-method in 27/74 (36.4%) and with an immuno-electrophoretic method in 6/74 (8.1%). Islet cell cytoplasmic antibodies detected by indirect immuno-fluorescence were found in 49/74 patients (66.2%), who included as many as 23 of the 27 patients with insulin autoantibodies determined with the polyethylen-glycol-method (p less than 0.01). The proportion of insulin autoantibody-positive patients who developed insulin antibodies during the first 9 months of insulin treatment was not significantly greater (51.8%) than that of insulin autoantibody-negative patients (44.6%), but patients with both islet cell antibodies and insulin autoantibodies at diagnosis produced more insulin antibodies during the first 9 months (p less than 0.05). There was no difference in fasting or meal stimulated serum C-peptide after 3, 9 or 18 months as related to occurrence of insulin autoantibodies and/or islet cell antibodies. The correlation between insulin autoantibodies and islet cell antibodies indicates that both types of autoantibodies reflect the sam...Continue Reading

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Islet cell cytoplasmic antibodies
Islet cell surface antibodies
Insulin C-peptide Measurement
Islet Cell
Insulin Antibody Measurement
Diabetes, Autoimmune
Pathologic Processes

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