Cells that produce insulin have been unexpectedly found in the fat, liver and bone marrow of diabetic mice, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in a report that appeared today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"In fact, the appearance of insulin-producing cells occurs in both type 1 (juvenile) and type 2 (adult-onset) diabetic mice," said Dr. Lawrence Chan, chief of the BCM endocrinology section and professor in the department of medicine and molecular and cellular biology.
"The common denominator in all the animals is high blood sugar, not insulin-deficiency," he said. "High blood sugar causes these cells to produce insulin."
Anissa Orr | EurekAlert!
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