Injecting the synthetic structures into mice regulated their blood sugar levels for several days
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Artificial cells made from scratch in the lab could one day offer a more effective, patient-friendly diabetes treatment.
Diabetes, which affects more than 400 million people around the world, is characterized by the loss or dysfunction of insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas. For the first time researchers have created synthetic cells that mimic how natural beta cells sense blood sugar concentration and secrete just the right amount of insulin. Experiments with mice show that these cells can regulate blood sugar for up to five days, researchers report online October 30 in Nature Chemical Biology.
If the mouse results translate to humans, diabetics could inject these artificial beta cells to automatically regulate their blood sugar levels for days at a time.
That would be a “a huge leap forward” for diabetic