THERAPY OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Islet transplantation for type 1 diabetes: so close and yet so far away.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Over the past decades, tremendous efforts have been made to establish pancreatic islet transplantation as a standard therapy for type 1 diabetes. Recent advances in islet transplantation have resulted in steady improvements in the 5-year insulin independence rates for diabetic patients. Here we review the key challenges encountered in the islet transplantation field which include islet source limitation, sub-optimal engraftment of islets, lack of oxygen and blood supply for transplanted islets, and immune rejection of islets. Additionally, we discuss possible solutions for these challenges.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Khosravi-Maharlooei, M; Hajizadeh-Saffar, E; Tahamtani, Y; Basiri, M; Montazeri, L; Khalooghi, K; Kazemi Ashtiani, M; Farrokhi, A; Aghdami, N; Sadr Hashemi Nejad, A; Larijani, M-B; De Leu, N; Heimberg, H; Luo, X; Baharvand, H

Published Date

  • November 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 173 / 5

Start / End Page

  • R165 - R183

PubMed ID

  • 26036437

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1479-683X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1530/EJE-15-0094


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England