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Study may point to new ways to reverse insulin resistance

Jan. 25, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered how insulin crosses the capillary endothelium to exit blood vessels and stimulate skeletal muscle cells — a major finding that may lead to new ways to reverse insulin resistance, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes.

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Cellular calcium handling in diabetes

Sep. 28, 2017—Potassium channels in a cellular organelle regulate calcium flux and appear to play a critical role in pancreatic beta cell health.

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Making human beta cells reproduce

Dec. 8, 2016—A new method developed at Vanderbilt will speed the search for potential therapeutics for diabetes: compounds that stimulate the replication of insulin-producing beta cells.

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Microtubules act as cellular ‘rheostat’ to control insulin secretion

Dec. 3, 2015—Microtubules — cellular “highways” that deliver cargo to the cell membrane for secretion — have a surprising role in pancreatic beta cells. Instead of facilitating glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, they limit it, a team of Vanderbilt investigators reported recently in Developmental Cell.

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Fighting type 2 diabetes with FGF1

Nov. 18, 2015—The growth factor FGF1 induces the growth of new insulin-producing beta cells and may help treat type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes trial targets body’s ability to produce insulin

Sep. 10, 2015—Kiersten Eaddy had long looked forward to her high school graduation day and joining her classmates to celebrate the accomplishment.

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New therapeutic target for diabetes

Aug. 20, 2015—The factor FoxM1 increases the proliferation and function of insulin-producing beta cells, making it an attractive therapeutic target for diabetes.

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Boosting beta cells in diabetes

Apr. 20, 2015—New findings suggest that it might be possible to treat diabetes by regenerating insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.

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Tiny model of diabetes

Feb. 20, 2015—Vanderbilt University researchers have created a zebrafish model of skeletal muscle insulin resistance that could help improve diabetes treatment.

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Beta cell link to fasting glucose

Jan. 22, 2015—New findings explain why variation in a particular gene is the most important determinant of fasting blood glucose levels in humans.

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Overactive stress response in obesity

Nov. 7, 2014—An overactive stress response contributes to the development of insulin resistance in obese individuals, and blocking it may be therapeutically beneficial.

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Weight regain after gastric bypass

Aug. 15, 2014—Early weight regain after gastric bypass surgery does not reverse metabolic improvements, and the "hunger hormone" ghrelin might indicate who is susceptible to weight regain.

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