Journal of Clinical Immunology

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 169–173 | Cite as

Autoimmunity in type I (insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus in North India

  • S. Srikanta
  • A. N. Malaviya
  • N. K. Mehra
  • M. C. Vaidya
  • P. J. Geevarghese
  • M. M. S. Ahuja
Original Articles


Pancreatic islet cell, thyroid, gastric parietal cell, and adrenal autoantibodies were studied in 110 young insulin-dependent diabetics (Type I; IDDM), 12 non-insulin-dependent diabetics (NIDDM), 26 patients with pancreatic diabetes, and 123 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. All the patients were aged 30 years or under at the onset of diabetes. Islet cell antibody was found in 31% of the patients with IDDM, but in only one patient with NIDDM, one patient with pancreatic diabetes, and one healthy control subject. Thyroid, parietal cell, and/or adrenal antibodies were present in 26% of the IDDM patients, 17% of the NIDDM patients, 12% of the patients with pancreatic diabetes, and 19% of the control subjects. There was no association between the presence of islet cell antibody and other organ-specific autoantibodies and any particular HLA phenotype. Data from the North Indian study have been compared with those from other populations of the world, similarities and differences have been brought out, and their significance has been discussed. The relative contribution of the autoimmune component in the etiopathogenesis of different forms of diabetes mellitus varies among the different populations of the world, accounting to some extent for the observed differences in incidence and clinical profiles.

Key words

Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus islet cell antibody organ-specific autoantibody HLA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Srikanta
    • 1
  • A. N. Malaviya
    • 1
  • N. K. Mehra
    • 2
  • M. C. Vaidya
    • 2
  • P. J. Geevarghese
    • 3
  • M. M. S. Ahuja
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Clinical ImmunologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, Cellular Immunology LaboratoryAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of MedicineKottayam Medical CollegeKottayamIndia

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