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A Diabetes Research Breakthrough Helps Prevent Islet Cell Transplantation Failure

September 24, 2012

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One of the most innovative approaches to treating type 1 diabetes is islet cell transplantation.

A new technique developed in Prof. Smadar Cohen's laboratory in BGU's Avram and Stella Goldstein Department of Biotechnology Engineering is helping increase the survival and effectiveness of transplanted insulin-producing pancreatic cells. Individuals with type 1 diabetes are unable to produce insulin.

This breakthrough approach, currently being tested on diabetic mice, involves surrounding the transplanted cells with a three-dimensional latticework of nurturing blood vessels called "engineered tissue."

This tissue serves to prevent transplantation failure by secreting growth hormones and fostering cell-to-cell communication that improves the survival of the transplanted cells.

Read more on the Diabetes Health Web site >>