Scientists Identify New Hormone that Boosts Insulin-Producing Cells
Led by Douglas Melton, PhD, Harvard Stem Cell Institute Principal Faculty member and NYSCF Medical Advisory Board Executive Committee member, a new Cell study identifies a hormone in mice that contributes to the rapid proliferation of insulin-producing beta cells. In diabetes, beta cells malfunction and/or die, leading to a decreased ability to process sugars. While the disease can be managed by insulin injections and changes in diet and lifestyle, patients are at risk for related complications. Betatrophin, also found in humans, could be a potential target for type 2 diabetes treatments.