Endocrine Cell Differentiation and Function

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    CRC, Jan Waldenströms gata 35

    214 28 Malmö

    Sweden

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Research

Diabetes results from loss or dysfunction of insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Despite insulin injection treatment, diabetic patients suffer from long-term complications, such as blindness and kidney failure. Therefore, a central goal of diabetes research is to regenerate beta cells or produce large numbers of functional beta cells for transplantation. The successful generation of beta cells in vitro and regeneration of pancreatic beta cells in vivo will require a thorough understanding of the molecular networks that direct the normal development and function of these cells. Goal The objective of our research is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control beta cell maturation and function in the embryonic and adult pancreas. Our research employs genetic engineering in mice as well as biochemical methods. Impact Understanding the mechanisms underlying beta cell development and function will be a prerequisite for cell replacement therapy in diabetes.

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