Biomarker identified for early beta cell death in Type 1 diabetes

September 6, 2019
Beta cells in the pancreas produce insulin. Their death is a key feature of Type 1 diabetes, and that loss starts long before diagnosis. However, there has been no straightforward way to measure that early loss. Researchers now have identified an early biomarker of Type 1 diabetes-associated beta-cell loss in humans -- microRNA-204. This biomarker may provide a much needed approach to assess early T1D-associated human beta-cell loss, even before onset of overt disease. Read more
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