Hippocampal subregional alterations and verbal fluency in the early stage of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Suji Lee, Tammy D. Kim, Rye Young Kim, Yoonji Joo, Yong An Chung, Soo Mee Lim, In Kyoon Lyoo, Jungyoon Kim, Sujung Yoon

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Growing evidence indicates that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)-related cognitive dysfunction may develop in the early stage of the disease and is often accompanied by hippocampal structural alterations. In the current study, we investigated volume and shape alterations of the hippocampus at a subregional level in patients with T2DM. With the use of high-resolution brain structural images that were obtained from 30 T2DM patients with less than 5 years of disease duration and 30 healthy individuals, volumetric and shape analyses were performed. We also assessed the relationship between T2DM-related hippocampal structural alterations and performance on verbal fluency. In volumetric analysis, total hippocampal volume was smaller in the T2DM group, relative to the control group. At a subregional level, T2DM patients showed significant inward deformation and volume reduction of the right dentate gyrus and cornu ammonis 2/3 subregions as compared with healthy individuals. In particular, T2DM patients with lower performance on verbal fluency had smaller right dentate gyrus volumes relative to those with higher performance. These findings suggest that the hippocampus may undergo atrophy at a subregional level even in the early stage of T2DM, and this subregion-specific atrophy may be associated with reduced performance on verbal fluency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7550-7559
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2021

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  • dentate gyrus
  • hippocampus
  • shape analysis
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • verbal fluency
  • volumetric analysis


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