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Hormone Prompts Adult Stem Cells To Differentiate Into Islet Cells

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July 17, 2002
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Massachusetts General Hospital
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Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have discovered that a naturally occurring hormone can cause adult islet stem cells to mature into pancreatic beta cells, the insulin-secreting cells that are depleted or compromised in diabetes. The results, which appear in the August issue of Endocrinology, could help researchers design a strategy for reversing the disease.

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have discovered that a naturally occurring hormone can cause adult islet stem cells to mature into pancreatic beta cells, the insulin-secreting cells that are depleted or compromised in diabetes. The results, which appear in the August issue of Endocrinology, could help researchers design a strategy for reversing the disease.


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