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Joslin scientists find first human iPSC from patients with maturity onset diabetes of the young
Date:1/31/2013

chanisms underlying the disease and not be influenced by other factors, such as insulin resistance," says senior author Rohit N. Kulkarni, M.D., Ph.D., a Principal Investigator in the Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology at Joslin and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The scientists will first induce the MODY-hiPSCs to differentiate towards beta cells and in the process learn more about the potential blocks in their ability to differentiate. Using the iPSC-derived beta cells, they plan to study how MODY genes regulate the insulin secretory function. "Generating hiPSCs is an important step forward because we cannot obtain beta cells from living patients. These cells will allow us to do many experiments that otherwise would not be possible," says Dr. Kulkarni.

The scientists also plan to explore ways to correct the genetic defect and use the beta cells derived from the "repaired" hiPSCs to test various treatments. "If we find medications that improve beta cell function, we can go back to the clinic and use them to treat patients," says Dr. Kulkarni. "It will allow us to tailor treatments to a patient's unique characteristics and provide personalized medicine to diabetes patients."


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Contact: Jeffrey Bright
jeffrey.bright@joslin.harvard.edu
Joslin Diabetes Center
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