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2011-12-12 12:11:51

A rare genetic disorder has given researchers at the University of Exeter a surprising insight into how the pancreas develops. The finding provides a clue to how it may be possible to 'program' stem cells — master cells in the body that can develop into specialized cells — to become pancreatic cells. Pancreatic agenesis is a rare condition in which the body is unable to produce a pancreas. The pancreas plays an essential role in regulating levels of sugar (glucose) in the...

2011-12-02 01:47:29

Cellular movies could greatly enhance search for Type 1 disease interventions A war is being waged in the pancreases of millions of people throughout the world. The siege leads to the development of type 1 diabetes and has been a battlefield largely hidden from view-- until now. Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have created the first cellular movies showing the destruction underlying type 1 diabetes in real-time in mouse models. This detailed, dynamic view...

2011-11-07 16:53:42

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is caused by the patient's immune system attacking and destroying the cells in their pancreas that produce the hormone insulin, which regulates blood glucose levels. Surprisingly, little is known about the mechanisms regulating the sensitivity and resistance of these cells, which are known as beta-cells, to immune system attack. However, a team of researchers led by Paola Meda, at the...

2011-11-02 16:25:43

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researchers use a diabetes drug to permanently reprogram insulin-producing cells Pediatric researchers who tested newborn animals with an existing human drug used in adults with diabetes report that this drug, when given very early in life, prevents diabetes from developing in adult animals. If this finding can be repeated in humans, it may become a way to prevent at-risk infants from developing type 2 diabetes. "We uncovered a novel mechanism to...

2011-10-17 16:30:00

Scientists may someday be able to develop therapies that target this pathway to treat or prevent a variety of diseases, including diabetes as reported by DiabeticLive.com. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) October 17, 2011 For those who have diabetes, there is hope for new treatments and possible a cure. A new molecular pathway related to the regeneration of beta cells in the pancreas has been discovered by a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Scientists may someday be...

2011-10-12 23:15:46

By manipulating a well-known molecular pathway, JDRF-funded scientists breathe new life into aging beta cells As a person ages, the ability of their beta cells to divide and make new beta cells declines. By the time children reach the age of 10 to 12 years, the ability of their insulin-producing cells to replicate greatly diminishes. If these cells, called beta cells, are destroyed–as they are in type 1 diabetes–treatment with the hormone insulin becomes essential to regulate...

2011-10-12 23:13:14

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a key molecular pathway responsible for the natural decrease in the proliferation of insulin-producing cells that occurs as a person ages. Artificially activating this pathway, which is normally not functional in adults, may be a new way to combat diabetes. "We're hopeful that soon we might be able to manipulate this pathway in a therapeutic way in humans," said professor of developmental biology Seung Kim, MD, PhD,...


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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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