• Patel M, Gleason A, O'Malley S, Connolly B, Suresch D, Virostko J, Phillips N, Lin SA, Chen TB, Klimas M, Hargreaves RJ, Sur C, Williams DL, Powers AC, Bednar B. Non-Invasive Bioluminescence Imaging of β-Cell Function in Obese-Hyperglycemic [ob/ob] Mice. PloS one. 9(9). e106693. PMID: 25198535 [PubMed]. PMCID: PMC4157804.


Type 2 diabetes results from failure of the β-cells to compensate for increased insulin demand due to abnormal levels of metabolic factors. The ob/ob(lep-/-) mouse has been extensively studied as an animal model of type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have shown a correlation between β-cell function and bioluminescent imaging in lean genetically engineered mice. The ability to noninvasively monitor β-cell function in ob/ob mice could provide new information on β-cell regulation in type 2 diabetes.