Some of you might have heard about the hematopoietic stem cell transplants we did in diabetes. The biggest problem was that we could not replenish B cells that were already destroyed by immune system. Now there is a new method which combines the aproach of destroying the immune system and replenishing beta cells. First the stem cells are taken from fat tissue of a patient with diabetes then modified in lab to change into insulin secreting cells. In mean time immune system of patient is destroyed and after that patient recieves the modified cells – which start to secrete insulin….. And it works! At least according to this work: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23893283
Are we looking at the future Nobel prize winners?
Time will tell. And I personally feel like making this treatment avaliable to Polish patients! (If it works…)