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High blood sugar's impact on immune system holds clues to improving islet cell transplants
Date:12/17/2008

ey found that regulatory T cells, which always suppress the immune response, can recognize invaders as well as body tissue. That means they could technically keep the immune system from attacking a foreign substance, such as transplanted islet cell. But researchers cautioned then that manipulating T-cell levels to treat autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes and lupus, must be done cautiously and selectively to ensure patients are not put at the same risk as those on traditional immunosuppressive therapy.


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