New Diabetes Gene Discovered

Have you heard about the new gene discovered that’s implicated in the cause of Type 2 diabetes?

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center used lab mice to show that alterations in a gene called ARNT (aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator) — which is crucial for normal embryo development, and also controls other genes — correlates closely with incidence of Type 2 diabetes.

What this means is that the ARNT gene may be pivotal in generating (and hopefully curing) Type 2 diabetes. Genegluchomeo

“ARNT is the first gene identified to be abnormal in the pancreatic islet cells, the cells that make insulin, in people with the common type of Type 2 diabetes,” said study leader Dr. C. Ronald Kahn.

Dr. Robert Rizza, president of the American Diabetes Association, said: “It’s very likely this disease is not going to be caused by a single gene. The common type of diabetes seems to be caused by multiple genes interacting.”

But Rizza adds: “It’s a very important finding. By altering one or two genes that play a role in the development of diabetes, you may be able to cure it.”

Hope springs eternal. Read the whole story HERE.

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2 Responses

  1. Elinor
    Elinor August 16, 2005 at 5:13 pm | | Reply

    WOW! THAT IS REALLY EXCITING! HOW SOON DO THEY THINK IT MAY BE OF USE IN HUMANS?
    YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO BE RIGHT THERE WITH THE LATEST INFO.

    THANKS!!

  2. Billy
    Billy August 18, 2005 at 12:09 pm | | Reply

    Did you see that ADA has created an RSS feed of the latest diabetes news. Pretty cool.

    http://www.diabetes.org/indiabetestoday.jsp

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