Analysis of the role of rotavirus infection in development of type 1 diabets

Grant number: 299862


Our earlier studies in children with a family history of type 1 diabetes have shown that infection with a common virus, rotavirus, may be one factor contributing to their progression to diabetes. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration in young children, and it was thought that rotavirus infection is usually confined to the intestine. To understand how rotavirus infection might promote diabetes, my group has developed a mouse model. Using mice for these studies allows us to control infection and completely analyse the results of infection, which we cannot do in humans. A type of mouse that is very likely to develop type 1 diabetes in its first 6 months of li..

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