New Diabetes Therapy Possible Via 'Memories' of Adult Stem Cells

by Kathy Jones on  July 16, 2011 at 8:40 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News   - G J E 4
The 'memories' of stem cells generated from adult cells is being used by a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University to bring new hope to sufferers of juvenile or type 1 diabetes.
 New Diabetes Therapy Possible Via 'Memories' of Adult Stem Cells
New Diabetes Therapy Possible Via 'Memories' of Adult Stem Cells

Prof. Shimon Efrat of TAU's Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, said these 'induced pluripotent stem cells', derived from adult cells, represent an embryonic-like state.

To some degree, he found, the cells retain a "memory" of what they once were - when created from pancreatic beta cells, the cells responsible for the production of insulin, these pluripotent cells prove more efficient than their embryonic counterparts in creating insulin-producing cells.

Prof. Efrat says that this discovery promises to advance the development of cell replacement therapy for diabetics, possibly leading to an effective alternative to organ transplants.

The study was recently published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

Source: ANI

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Unfortunately there will no doubt have to be some lifelong drug component, otherwise it will not be marketable.
John73 Monday, July 18, 2011

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