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By TUNCAY DELIBASI Endocrinologist at Hacettepe University in Turkey
Francesca Cinti, Ryotaro Bouchi, Ja Young Kim-Muller, Yoshiaki Ohmura, P R Sandoval, Matilde Masini, Lorella Marselli, Mara Suleiman, Lloyd E Ratner, Piero Marchetti, Domenico Accili
CONTEXT: Diabetes is associated with a deficit of insulin-producing β-cells. Animal studies show that β-cells become dedifferentiated in diabetes, reverting to a progenitor-like stage, and partly converting to other endocrine cell types. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether similar processes occur in human type 2 diabetes, we surveyed pancreatic islets from 15 diabetic and 15 nondiabetic organ donors. DESIGN: We scored dedifferentiation using markers of endocrine lineage, β-cell-specific transcription factors, and a newly identified endocrine progenitor cell marker, aldehyde dehydrogenase 1A3...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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