Gestational diabetes code discovery

Mon, 05 Nov 2007
A new gestational diabetes discovery could allow medical experts to develop new treatments for all forms of diabetes.

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a particular protein in the pancreas that could hint at how diabetes develops during pregnancy.

The senior author of the study, Seung Kim, who is an associate professor of developmental biology called the basis of GD a ‘black box.’ The protein, known as menin, has been previously confirmed to prevent pancreatic cancer.

By doing a study on mice, the research team found that those that produce too much menin faced a greater risk of gestational diabetes. Kim reportedly commented: "This suggests that there is an internal code for controlling pancreatic islet growth, a code we intend to crack."

The study will be published in journal Science, and could have great implications for the future treatment of diabetes.
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