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Pathol Oncol Res. 2011 Dec;17(4):925-30. doi: 10.1007/s12253-011-9404-9. Epub 2011 Jul 22.

Higher serum DPP-4 enzyme activity and decreased lymphocyte CD26 expression in type 1 diabetes.

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2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.


Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) is involved in the metabolism of peptide hormones, T-cell activation and proliferation. In type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) β-cell destruction involves a number of dysregulated T-cells. Our aim was to assess the serum DPP-4 activity and the lymphocyte membrane bound CD26 expression in patients with type 1 diabetes and healthy controls. Ninety-eight (T1DM: 48, F/M = 20/28, mean age: 34.4y; control: 50, F/M = 39/11 mean age: 32,4y) individuals were included. Fasting serum DPP-4 enzymatic activity, plasma glucose (FPG), CD26 expression on CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes, HbA1c and body mass index (BMI) were assessed. ICA and GAD antibodies were assessed in the T1DM group. DPP-4 enzymatic activity was determined by kinetic enzyme assay, ICA and GAD were assessed by ELISA. Determination of the CD26 expression on CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes was performed by flow-cytometric analysis. We found higher serum DPP-4 activity (Mean: T1DM: 30.069 U/L, control: 22.62 U/L, p < 0.0001) and decreased CD26 lymphocyte expression on all lymphocyte subpopulations in T1DM. Fasting serum DPP-4 activity was independent from the ICA or GAD status of patients with T1DM. Here we first present that the serum DPP-4 activity is increased and the lymphocyte membrane bound CD26 expression is decreased in type 1 diabetes. Decreased lymphocyte membrane bound CD26 expression in T1DM might be a novel part of the T-lymphocyte regulatory dysfunction observed in type 1 diabetes mellitus. These results might provide some basis for the clinical implication of DPP-4 inhibition in patients with T1DM.

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