New tissue-engineered platform for islet cell transplantation found effective in type 1 diabetic patients
Researchers from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) have produced the clinical results demonstrating that pancreatic islet cells transplanted within a tissue-engineered platform can achieve insulin independence in type 1 diabetes. The research findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Fluorescence microscopy of islets in the omentum transplanted within the biologic scaffold. In…
Biomarker Autotaxin, related to diabetes predicts Alzheimer’s disease outcome
An enzyme found in the fluid around the brain and spine is giving researchers a snapshot of what happens inside the minds of Alzheimer’s patients and how that relates to cognitive decline. Iowa State University researchers say higher levels of the enzyme, autotaxin, significantly predict memory impairment and Type 2 diabetes. Autotaxin often studied in…
Researchers mapped the signaling processes used by Insulin in Fruit flies.
Fruit flies may be small, but the genetic secrets they can unlock for humans are many. In the current issue of the journal Development, Michigan State University researchers mapped the signaling processes used by insulin in fruit flies. The significance of the discovery in the tiny Drosophila melanogaster, which have been called “Tiny people with…