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Unique drug combination may hold the key to reversing Type I diabetes
Date:6/10/2008

epair cannot keep pace against the autoimmune response that is causing the diabetes.

In this study, diabetic mice were either given a placebo (saline) or treated with LSF, INGAP peptide, or LSF and INGAP together. The remission rate was most striking when mice were first treated with LSF in an effort to dampen the autoimmune system and then treated with the combination of LSF and INGAP peptide. This novel therapy resulted in a remission of diabetes in 70% of the mice after all treatments were withdrawn, including animals with very high blood glucose levels prior to treatment. Mice treated with INGAP peptide alone or INGAP peptide/LSF combinations averaged markedly higher levels of serum insulin after treatment than saline treated controls and were similar to non-diabetic mice. It was only when the combination of LSF and INGAP was used that a reversal of hyperglycemia was observed.

"These are very encouraging results," Nadler said. "Since both LSF and INGAP are already known to be safe, we should soon be able to begin testing the combination of LSF and INGAP in the clinic as a potential therapy for Type 1 diabetes in people soon."

Nadler was recruited to EVMS as part of a strategic initiative to expand the medical school's research capabilities in four areas where the state's eastern region has specific health needs and EVMS has existing research strengths, including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, women's health/infant development, and cancer.

"Our ultimate goal is to improve the health of individuals by discovering novel approaches to the kinds of diseases that take a serious toll on the quality of life in our community and around the world," said Gerald J. Pepe, Ph.D., Dean and Provost of Eastern Virginia Medical School. "Dr. Nadler's work with LSF and INGAP is exactly the kind of innovative new therapy that we want to bring to fruition. Imagine the impact it would have to be able to reverse diabetes."


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Contact: Doug Gardner
gardneda@evms.edu
757-446-7070
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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