J. S. de Bruin

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Human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived pancreatic progenitor cells effectively reverse hyperglycemia in rodent models of type 1 diabetes, but their capacity to treat type 2 diabetes has not been reported. An immunodeficient model of type 2 diabetes was generated by high-fat diet (HFD) feeding in SCID-beige mice. Exposure to HFDs did not impact the(More)
miRNAs are small regulators that mediate gene expression and each miRNA regulates specific target genes. In animals, target prediction of the miRNAs is accomplished through several computational methods, i.e. miRanda, TargetScan and PicTar. Typically, these methods predict targets from features of miRNA-target interaction such as sequence complementarity,(More)
Pluripotent human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are a potential source of transplantable cells for treating patients with diabetes. To investigate the impact of the host recipient on hESC-derived pancreatic progenitor cell maturation, cells were transplanted into immunodeficient SCID-beige mice or nude rats. Following the transplant, basal human C-peptide(More)
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