Austin C. Stonebraker

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Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that results from T-cell-mediated destruction of insulin-producing beta-cells. Its incidence has increased during the past several decades in developed countries, suggesting that changes in the environment (including the human microbial environment) may influence disease pathogenesis. The incidence(More)
Activated insulin-specific CD8(+) T cells (IS-CD8(+) cells) home to the pancreas, destroy beta cells, and cause rapid diabetes upon transfer into diabetes-prone NOD mice. Surprisingly, they also cause diabetes in mouse strains that are free of preexistent inflammation. Thus, we hypothesized that islet-specific homing may be in part dependent on IS-CD8(+)(More)
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