Pancreatic tissues

Grace J. Lim, Anthony Atala

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Diabetes mellitus, a disorder of glucose homeostasis, is a leading cause of morbidity and premature mortality in the world. During the last 75 years, since the discovery of insulin therapy, there have been no new major developments in treating this disease. Thus, the ability to engineer pancreatic tissue is an attractive approach, and as tissue engineering technology advances, this novel therapy is now becoming a reality. Transplantation of engineered pancreatic islets will not only eliminate the need for daily insulin injections, but will also prove effective in preventing or retarding the development of complications associated with diabetes. In this chapter, current technologies for pancreatic tissue engineering, novel sources for insulin producing b-cells, and safe transplantation techniques to treat diabetes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTissue Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Lab to Clinic
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783642028243
ISBN (Print)9783642028236
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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