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JDRF-Funded Study Takes First Step Toward Development of Medicines That Can Regenerate Pancreases
Mar 11, 2009 | 
Researchers funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have found two chemical compounds that can trigger the growth of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The discovery could become the basis for medicines designed to regenerate the pancreas in people with type 1 diabetes.
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Glucose Triggers the Development of Embryonic Beta Cells
Jun 18, 2007 | 
A new study out of London and Paris indicates in the developing embryo, beta cells form in the pancreas in response to the presence of glucose. Glucose triggers a gene called Neurogenin3 to switch on another gene, neuroD, which is critical for the normal development of beta cells. If glucose levels are low, the gene doesn't switch on and the beta cells don't develop.
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Company Takes Charge in Effort to Convert Embryonic Stem Cells to Islets
Feb 1, 2007 | 
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A New 'Morning-After' Diabetes Shot Stops Beta-Cell Destruction in Adults
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Five years ago, when Dana Elias, PhD, first clutched a publication reporting that a synthetic peptide had halted beta-cell destruction in mice that already were showing high blood-glucose levels, she felt a shiver of excitement. She had helped develop the synthetic peptide, called DiaPep277.
What is the C-peptide Test?
Sep 1, 2000 | 
The precursor to insulin produced by the pancreas's beta cells is a peptide chain known as proinsulin. Made up of amino acids bound into a u-shape by a connecting polypeptide, proinsulin is stored in beta cells until a glucose load demands the release of insulin. At this point, the connecting molecule is broken off the bottom of the "u"-its shape earning it the moniker C-peptide-freeing the insulin molecule for secretion.
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