Endocrine Cell Differentiation and Function

Organisational unit: Research group


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.

Recent research outputs

Tania Singh, Colberg, J. K., Luis Sarmiento, Chaves, P., Hansen, L., Bsharat, S., Luis R. Cataldo, Monika Dudenhöffer-Pfeifer, Malin Fex, David Bryder, Dan Holmberg, Ewa Sitnicka, Corrado Cilio, Rashmi B. Prasad & Isabella Artner, 2019 Jun 24, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 9074.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Luis Rodrigo Cataldo Bascuñan, Claire Lyons, Bennet, H., Isabella Artner & Malin Fex, 2019 Jan, In : Acta Physiologica. 225, 1, e13101.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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