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Protein may help prevent diabetes by keeping insulin-making cells alive | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis
Islets isolated from a rat pancreasDiabetes researchers hoping to enlist the help of a protein targeted by cancer therapies have gained an important new insight into how the protein, known as mTOR, works in the pancreas. Ironically, diabetes researchers are hoping to promote the capability of mTOR that oncologists want to shut down: its ability to cause cells to reproduce by dividing into copies of themselves. That capacity can be deadly in tumors, but diabetes researchers want to use mTOR's ability to make cells divide to maintain enough insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas to prevent diabetes. More...