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β-cell regeneration: the pancreatic intrinsic faculty.
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PMID:  21067943     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Type I diabetes (T1D) patients rely on cumbersome chronic injections of insulin, making the development of alternate durable treatments a priority. The ability of the pancreas to generate new β-cells has been described in experimental diabetes models and, importantly, in infants with T1D. Here we discuss recent advances in identifying the origin of new β-cells after pancreatic injury, with and without inflammation, revealing a surprising degree of cell plasticity in the mature pancreas. In particular, the inducible selective near-total destruction of β-cells in healthy adult mice uncovers the intrinsic capacity of differentiated pancreatic cells to spontaneously reprogram to produce insulin. This opens new therapeutic possibilities because it implies that β-cells can differentiate endogenously, in depleted adults, from heterologous origins.
Renaud Desgraz; Claire Bonal; Pedro L Herrera
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2010-11-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in endocrinology and metabolism: TEM     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1879-3061     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Endocrinol. Metab.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9001516     Medline TA:  Trends Endocrinol Metab     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  34-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine, 1 rue Michel-Servet, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland.
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