April 10, 2009

Of Mice and Men: Transplanted Pancreatic Cells Protected From T-Cell

Device Protects Transplanted Pancreatic Cells From The Immune System

ScienceDaily (Apr. 9, 2009) — Scientists at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) and the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine have demonstrated in mice that transplanted pancreatic precursor cells are protected from the immune system when encapsulated in polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). The study, which suggests a new approach to treating Type 1 diabetes, was published online on April 8 in the journal Transplantation.