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J Exp Med. 1997 Oct 20;186(8):1193-200.

Nitric oxide primes pancreatic beta cells for Fas-mediated destruction in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

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Division of Immunogenetics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA 15213, USA.


Fas is an apoptosis-inducing surface receptor involved in controlling tissue homeostasis and function at multiple sites. Here we show that beta cells from the pancreata of newly diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) patients express Fas and show extensive apoptosis among those cells located in proximity to Fas ligand-expressing T lymphocytes infiltrating the IDDM islets. Normal human pancreatic beta cells that do not constitutively express Fas, become strongly Fas positive after interleuken (IL)-1beta exposure, and are then susceptible to Fas-mediated apoptosis. NG-monomethyl-L-arginine, an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthase, prevents IL-1beta-induced Fas expression, whereas the NO donors sodium nitroprusside and nitric oxide releasing compound (NOC)-18, induce functional Fas expression in normal pancreatic beta cells. These findings suggest that NO-mediated upregulation of Fas contributes to pancreatic beta cell damage in IDDM.

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