Pancreatic ducts

Source: University of Copenhagen Summary: Researchers have studied the formation of the pancreatic network of ducts transporting digestive enzymes in mice. The network resembles the structure of road networks and the formation patterns of rivers. A well-functioning pancreas is essential to the ability to digest food. The organ produces enzymes thatRead More →

Pancreatic beta cells

Source: Cell Press Summary: A new study reveals that successful response to weight loss is associated with the early and sustained improvement in the functioning of pancreatic beta cells. According to the WHO, diabetes affects approximately 422 million people worldwide. Approximately 90% of cases are type–2 diabetes, a condition in which the bodyRead More →

Pancreatic cancer

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summary: A new study offers insight into how patients with pancreatic cancer usually experience significant weight loss, which can begin very early in the disease. Patients with pancreatic cancer usually experience significant weight loss, which can begin very early in the disease. They are sometimes given replacement enzymes to helpRead More →

Obesity gene

Source: Imperial College London Summary: A gene previously linked with obesity has been found to affect how the body processes insulin, with potential implications for some forms of diabetes. More Information: Steven J. Millership et al, “Neuronatin regulates pancreatic β cell insulin content and secretion”, Journal of Clinical Investigation (2018). DOI: 10.1172/JCI120115   Read More →

Catestatin showed significant improvement in glucose and insulin tolerance

Source: University of California – San Diego Summary: Researchers reported, treating obese mice with catestatin (CST), a peptide naturally occurring in the body, showed significant improvement in glucose and insulin tolerance and reduced body weight. In a normal human body, the liver helps regulate blood sugar by stimulating the body to absorbRead More →

Insulin secreting cells

Source: University of North Carolina Health Care Summary: Researchers have developed smart artificial beta cells which are capable of releasing insulin automatically into the bloodstream whenever there is a rise in the blood glucose. Treatment for Type 1 diabetes and few cases Type 2 diabetes requires a painful and frequent insulinRead More →

Researchers at Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center and collaborators at Stanford University have found new insights into the juvenile human pancreatic islets cell proliferation and their molecular mechanisms. This study could lead to new treatments for diabetes. In diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, pancreatic islets (the beta cell clusters which produceRead More →