Circulating low -molecular weight AGEs in the development and progression of diabetic complications [ 2006 - 2008 ]

Also known as: LMW-AGEs in diabetes

Research Grant

[Cite as]

Researchers: Prof Merlin Thomas (Principal investigator)

Brief description High levels of sugars seen in patients with diabetes leads to damage of many organs including the heart, the eyes and the kidneys. These high sugars cause damage through a number of mechanisms, one being the formation of advanced glycation end products or AGEs, formed by the irreversible reaction between proteins and glucose. This reaction leads to a change in the shape and function of AGE-modified molecules that progressively contributes to organ damage. AGEs also bind and activate specific receptors that promote the damage and scarring of tissue. Where the glucose concentration is high, AGEs accumulate much more quickly. This is one reason why patients with good sugar control do better than those who are unable to control their blood sugars. The importance of this AGE pathway is illustrated by the fact that blocking the formation of AGEs is able to prevent kidney damage in animals with diabetes. In addition, exposure to AGEs can cause diabetes-like changes in the absence of high sugars. Our laboratory is a world leader in the study of the advanced glycation and methods blocking this process. The research proposed will investigate circulating levels of AGEs in experimental animals and patients with diabetes, and correlate them with the development and progression of complications of diabetes

Funding Amount $AUD 297,523.48

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes New Investigator Grant

Click to explore relationships graph
Viewed: [[ro.stat.viewed]]