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Autoimmunity. 2007 Nov;40(7):540-5.

Occurrence of enterovirus RNA in serum of children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes and islet cell autoantibody-positive subjects in a population with a low incidence of type 1 diabetes.

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Department of Virology, Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute, Havana, Cuba. diabetes@infomed.sld.cu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The penetrance of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in a genetically susceptible population is largely determined by environmental influences amongst which the human enteroviruses are prominent putative factors.

AIM/HYPOTHESIS:

The aim of this study was to determine the occurrence of enterovirus RNA in serum of children with type 1 diabetes at onset and ICA-positive subjects in a population with low incidence of type 1 diabetes and high circulation of enteroviruses.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Serum samples were collected from children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes (n = 34); islet autoantibody-positive (n = 32) and -negative (n = 31) first-degree relatives of type 1 diabetic patients; and control subjects (n = 194). Enteroviral RNA was assessed using a highly sensitive reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction method.

RESULTS:

The frequency of positive signals corresponding to enteroviral sequence amplifications were higher in newly diagnosed T1DM children (9/34, 26.5%) and islet autoantibody-positive first-degree relatives (5/32, 15.6%) than in their corresponding matched controls (2/68, 2.9%, p = 0.0007 and 0/64, 0.0%, p = 0.0033, respectively). The presence of enteroviral RNA appeared to be associated with severe diabetic ketoacidosis at onset (pH < 7.1, p = 0.0328) and high ICA titres ( > or = 20 JDF units, p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite there is a high circulation of enteroviruses and a low type 1 diabetes incidence in the Cuban population, the presence of enteroviral RNA is associated with type 1 diabetes and beta-cell autoimmunity and is similar to European countries in which this scenario is reversed.

PMID:
17966045
DOI:
10.1080/08916930701523429
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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