Journal article

The beta cell in autoimmune diabetes: many mechanisms and pathways of loss.

TW Kay, HE Thomas, LC Harrison, J Allison

Trends Endocrinol Metab | Published : 2000

Abstract

Death of pancreatic beta cells is the final step in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes before it becomes clinically apparent. Applying recent basic research about how cells die to the clinical problem of diabetes is a current opportunity and challenge. To date, perforin is the only factor definitely implicated in beta-cell killing in the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse model, although some perforin-deficient NOD mice develop diabetes. Our results suggest that other factors that cause beta-cell death remain to be identified.

University of Melbourne Researchers