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The use of β-cell transcription factors in engineering artificial β cells from non-pancreatic tissue.
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PMID:  25338918     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Type 1 diabetes results from the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing pancreatic beta (β) cells. Patients with type 1 diabetes control their blood glucose levels using several daily injections of exogenous insulin; however, this does not eliminate the long-term complications of hyperglycaemia. Currently, the only clinically viable treatments for type 1 diabetes are whole pancreas and islet transplantation. As a result, there is an urgent need to develop alternative therapies. Recently, cell and gene therapy have shown promise as a potential cure for type 1 diabetes through the genetic engineering of 'artificial' β cells to regulate blood glucose levels without adverse side effects and the need for immunosuppression. This review compares putative target cells and the use of pancreatic transcription factors for gene modification, with the ultimate goal of engineering a glucose-responsive 'artificial' β cell that mimics the function of pancreatic β cells, while avoiding autoimmune destruction.Gene Therapy advance online publication, 23 October 2014; doi:10.1038/gt.2014.93.
D Gerace; R Martiniello-Wilks; B A O'Brien; A M Simpson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  REVIEW     Date:  2014-10-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gene therapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5462     ISO Abbreviation:  Gene Ther.     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
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Created Date:  2014-10-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-24    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9421525     Medline TA:  Gene Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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