Thesis / Dissertation

Activation of islet inflammation by cytokine signalling in pancreatic beta cells: understanding the role of protein tyrosine phosphatases

William James Stanley, Helen Thomas (ed.)

Published : 2018


Type 1 diabetes is characterised by the autoimmune destruction of insulin producing beta-cells in the islets of Langerhans of the pancreas. Immune cells release pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interferon-g (IFN-g), tumour necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) and interleukin- 1b (IL-1b) into the islet microenvironment which activate phosphorylation cascades and gene expression in beta-cells that increase their susceptibility to autoimmune attack and destruction. Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) regulate phosphorylation based signalling pathways and have previously been shown to negatively regulate IFN-g induced cell death of beta-cells in vitro. We previously showed that during immune infiltratio..

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