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Methods Mol Biol. 2019;1916:195-201. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8994-2_18.

Characterization of the db/db Mouse Model of Type 2 Diabetes.

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Laboratory of Neuroproteomics, Department of Biochemistry and Tissue Biology, Institute of Biology, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP, Brazil.
Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.


This chapter presents characterization of the db/db mouse model of type 2 diabetes. The protocol describes generation of the mice along with measurements of physical characteristics such as body weight and body composition, and behaviours including food and water consumption. Such a procedure can also be used for omics-based analyses of brain tissues to investigate the potential use of db/db mouse model in neuropsychiatric research. In addition, we present measurement of blood glucose and plasma insulin levels which tend to be elevated in this model and can modulated post treatment with anti-diabetic agents. All of these characteristics can be used for studying the pathophysiology and for monitoring response to potential therapeutics.


Biomarkers; Diabetes; Immunoassay; Metabolic; Mouse model

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