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Insulin Resistance and the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Revisited: An Update on Mechanisms and Implications

Overview of attention for article published in Endocrine Reviews, October 2012
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Insulin Resistance and the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Revisited: An Update on Mechanisms and Implications
Published in
Endocrine Reviews, October 2012
DOI 10.1210/er.2011-1034
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Evanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis, Andrea Dunaif


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is now recognized as an important metabolic as well as reproductive disorder conferring substantially increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Affected women have marked insulin resistance, independent of obesity. This article summarizes the state of the science since we last reviewed the field in the Endocrine Reviews in 1997. There is general agreement that obese women with PCOS are insulin resistant, but some groups of lean affected women may have normal insulin sensitivity. There is a post-binding defect in receptor signaling likely due to increased receptor and insulin receptor substrate-1 serine phosphorylation that selectively affects metabolic but not mitogenic pathways in classic insulin target tissues and in the ovary. Constitutive activation of serine kinases in the MAPK-ERK pathway may contribute to resistance to insulin's metabolic actions in skeletal muscle. Insulin functions as a co-gonadotropin through its cognate receptor to modulate ovarian steroidogenesis. Genetic disruption of insulin signaling in the brain has indicated that this pathway is important for ovulation and body weight regulation. These insights have been directly translated into a novel therapy for PCOS with insulin-sensitizing drugs. Furthermore, androgens contribute to insulin resistance in PCOS. PCOS may also have developmental origins due to androgen exposure at critical periods or to intrauterine growth restriction. PCOS is a complex genetic disease, and first-degree relatives have reproductive and metabolic phenotypes. Several PCOS genetic susceptibility loci have been mapped and replicated. Some of the same susceptibility genes contribute to disease risk in Chinese and European PCOS populations, suggesting that PCOS is an ancient trait.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Brazil 3 <1%
India 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Turkey 1 <1%
Syrian Arab Republic 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 506 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 97 19%
Student > Master 89 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 72 14%
Student > Postgraduate 54 10%
Researcher 40 8%
Other 112 22%
Unknown 56 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 215 41%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 74 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 61 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 34 7%
Chemistry 9 2%
Other 54 10%
Unknown 73 14%

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