DeBakey Awards

Lydia Aguilar-Bryan, M. D., Ph.D.


1996 Recipient

A new potassium channel disease from basic to clinical science

Drs. Lydia Aguilar-Bryan and Joseph Bryan were recognized for their contributions to our understanding of the regulation of insulin secretion via the cloning of the ß-cell sulfonylurea receptor, identification of the receptor as a subunit of Κ ATP channels, and correlation of mutations in the receptor with hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia of infancy.

Dr. Aguilar-Bryan and Bryan’s nomination was based on the following publications:

Thomas PM, Cote GJ, Wohllk N, Haddad B, Mathew PM, Rabl W, Aguilar-Bryan L, Gagel RF, Bryan J. Mutations in the sulfonylurea receptor gene in familial persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia of infancy. Science. 1995 Apr 21;268(5209):426-9.

Aguilar-Bryan L, Nichols CG, Wechsler SW, Clement JP 4th, Boyd AE 3rd, Gonzalez G, Herrera-Sosa H, Nguy K, Bryan J, Nelson DA. Cloning of the beta cell high-affinity sulfonylurea receptor: a regulator of insulin secretion. Science. 1995 Apr 21;268(5209):423-6.

Inagaki N, Gonoi T, Clement JP 4th, Namba N, Inazawa J, Gonzalez G, Aguilar-Bryan L, Seino S, Bryan J. Reconstitution of IKATP: an inward rectifier subunit plus the sulfonylurea receptor. Science. 1995 Nov 17;270(5239):1166-70.

Nichols CG, Shyng SL, Nestorowicz A, Glaser B, Clement JP 4th, Gonzalez G, Aguilar-Bryan L, Permutt MA, Bryan J. Adenosine diphosphate as an intracellular regulator of insulin secretion. Science. 1996 Jun 21;272(5269):1785-7.