There is limited knowledge about autoreactive T cells and autoantigens involved in the development of T1D. maturation, and its loss results in a marked reduction of endocrine cells . Likewise, deletion of in embryonic beta cells results in fewer beta cells, and impaired glucose tolerance [43,44]. There is evidence that miRNAs are involved in the pathogenesis of diabetes. Comprehensive reviews describing miRNAs in the context of T1D, T2D, and other diabetes models have recently become available. Furthermore, the role of miRNAs in tissues targeted by insulin, and in healthy or stressed islets, have been reported [45,46,47,48]. We have previously identified a subset of miRNAs differentially expressed in developing human islets, in human developing pancreas, and in alpha and beta cells of adult human islets [49,50,51,52]. These observations set the Mouse monoclonal to IL-8 stage for studies to specifically assess the role of miRNAs and their target molecules in endocrine differentiation. In fact, many studies, including ours, identified individual miRNAs enriching endocrine tissue such as, miR-375 and miR-7, with the role in beta cell differentiation and function [53,54,55,56,57]. The same miRNAs have an important role in in vitro human stem cell differentiation into beta cells [58,59,60,61]. On the basis of the information presented above, it can be implied that oxidative stress affecting deregulation of miRNA networks, which is important for acquisition and maintenance of beta cell identity or proper cellular function and metabolism, contributes to JNJ-10397049 the development of diabetes . 3. Overview of Oxidative Stress in Glucose Metabolism The term oxidative stress refers to an imbalance between cellular oxidants and antioxidants [63,64]. Oxidative stress can be classified into the following two major groups: Endogenous (mitochondrial, peroxisomes, lipoxygenases, NADPH oxidase (NOX), and cytochrome P450) and exogenous (UV and ionizing radiation, chemotherapeutics, inflammatory cytokines, and environmental toxins). Oxidative stress is an accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) above physiological levels, where ROS molecules oxidize cellular components stochastically, leading to progressive cellular damage. Under physiological conditions, the utmost ROS generation occurs in mitochondria, accounting for the JNJ-10397049 transformation of 1% to 2% of oxygen molecules into superoxide anions . Adenosine 5-triphosphate (ATP) molecules are the major cellular energy currency. Generation of ATP in mitochondria, results in the production of ROS which occurs on two occasions with electron transport chain, at complex-I (NADH dehydrogenase) and at complex-III (ubiquinone-cytochrome c reductase). ATPs are first generated in the breakdown of glucose molecules during glycolysis. Glycolysis of one glucose molecule yields two pyruvate molecules with a net gain of only two ATP molecules. The greatest contributor to ATP production is the subsequent metabolism of pyruvate in the mitochondria through the tricarboxylic acid cycle, followed by oxidation of its energy mediators, NADH and FADH2, in the electron transport chain. In this process, known as oxidative phosphorylation, electrons are transferred from electron donors JNJ-10397049 to electron acceptors via redox reactions. Oxidative phosphorylation, hypothetically, generates a maximum of 36 ATP molecules per glucose molecule. Oxygen is the final electron acceptor, generating H2O. Incomplete transfer JNJ-10397049 of electrons to oxygen results in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as superoxide or peroxide anions. Superoxide is rapidly converted  into peroxide (H2O2) by the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). Hydrogen peroxide, in turn, is either neutralized to H2O and O2 by glutathione peroxidase (Gpx, in the mitochondria), or detoxified by catalase in peroxisomes. Increased levels of Cu (copper) and Fe (iron) and significantly decreased levels of Zn (zinc) in the serum of T2D patients and their first degree relatives (FDR) could be either triggering factors for the development of diabetes or a consequence of the illness . H2O2 can be converted into highly reactive radical hydroxyl.