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How To Make Insulin-producing Cells From Gut Cells
2014-03-11 17:26:17

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Destruction of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas is at the heart of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. "We are looking for ways to make new beta cells for these patients to one day replace daily insulin injections," says Ben Stanger, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Transplanting islet cells to restore normal blood sugar levels in...

2014-01-15 14:14:04

These cells may sometimes revert to a non-functional state, but other pancreatic cells may someday step in to replace them Two new studies led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists shed new light on the nature of beta cells, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas that are compromised in diabetes. The first suggests that some cases of diabetes may be caused when beta cells are deprived of oxygen, prompting them to revert to a less mature state that renders them incapable of...

2014-01-07 12:27:22

--Research program will investigate an exciting new hypothesis about lost beta cell function in type 1 diabetes that may change our basic understanding of the disease and lead to novel prevention and restoration therapies-- NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- JDRF announced today the funding of an approximately $1 million collaboration with the University of Michigan's Brehm Center and the Brehm Coalition to evaluate a new hypothesis on why beta cells lose their ability...

2014-01-06 10:00:54

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have found that dysfunction in a single gene in mice causes fasting hyperglycemia, one of the major symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Their findings were reported online in the journal Diabetes. If a gene called MADD is not functioning properly, insulin is not released into the bloodstream to regulate blood sugar levels, says Bellur S. Prabhakar, professor and head of microbiology and immunology at UIC and lead author of...

2013-12-19 08:28:04

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaCyte, Inc., a leading regenerative medicine company developing a transformative cell therapy for treatment of diabetes, announced today that Mark G. Foletta has been appointed to its Board of Directors. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121026/LA00871LOGO-a) Mr. Foletta is a seasoned financial executive with over 30 years of corporate experience. He was most recently senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer at Amylin...

Sleep Deprivation Elderly Blood Sugar
2013-12-12 08:42:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Normal aging may exacerbate the negative effect of sleep deprivation on pancreatic cells that maintain normal blood sugar levels, according to a study published this month in the journal Aging Cell. Sleep, or the lack of it, seems to affect nearly every aspect of human physiology, although the molecular pathways through which sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on the body remain poorly understood. Numerous studies have looked at the...

2013-11-25 16:49:03

Pancreatic islet transplantation is a promising therapy for treating type 1 diabetes, but the majority of transplanted cells die soon after they are transplanted. Researchers interested in prolonging the life of these cells co-transplanted endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) along with pancreatic islet cells and found that the EPCs improved the engraftment of pancreatic islet cells in mouse models, thereby favorably impacting on the cure rate and glycemic control of transplanted islets. The...

Reading Eyes May Give Clues To Health Of The Pancreas
2013-11-19 06:05:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An innovative way to study glucose regulation in the body has been discovered by a research team from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. By transferring the vital insulin-producing cells from the pancreas to the eye, the team found that the eye can serve as a window through which health reports can be obtained from the pancreas. The results, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), are expected to have a...

Diabetes Treatment Potential From Inside Pancreatic Beta Cells
2013-10-30 05:09:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A fat recycling system contained within pancreatic beta cells helps regulate the amount of insulin they secrete, making them a potential target for new and novel ways to treat diabetes, according to new research appearing online in the journal Diabetologia. The pancreas is the organ that produces the precise amount of insulin needed by our bodies when we eat, but when a person develops diabetes, the production of the hormone...

Researchers Use New 3D Method To Grow Miniature Pancreas
2013-10-15 12:48:09

University of Copenhagen An international team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen have successfully developed an innovative 3D method to grow miniature pancreas from progenitor cells. The future goal is to use this model to help in the fight against diabetes. The research results has just been published in the scientific journal Development. Professor Anne Grapin-Botton and her team at the Danish Stem Cell Centre have developed a three-dimensional culture method which...


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2010-12-03 18:12:26

Insulin, a hormone, is used to regulate carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Insulin causes cells to take up glucose from the blood and store it as glycogen in the liver and muscle. This hormone stops the body from using fat as an energy source by inhibiting the release of glucagons. Without insulin the body fails to take glucose into the bodies cells and in turns uses fat as an energy source. It also has several other anabolic effects throughout the body. Diabetes mellitus results...

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