Tausif Alam

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BACKGROUND A gene-therapy-based treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus requires the development of a surrogate beta cell that can synthesize and secrete functionally active insulin in response to physiologically relevant changes in ambient glucose levels. Failure to duplicate the storage-granule-based mechanism of insulin secretion of beta cells, however,(More)
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is an autoimmune disease resulting in destruction of the pancreatic beta-cells in the islets of Langerhans. Commonly employed treatment of IDDM requires periodic insulin therapy, which is not ideal because of its inability to prevent chronic complications such as nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy. Although(More)
Type 1 diabetes mellitus is an autoimmune disease resulting from the destruction of pancreatic β cells. Current treatments for patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus include daily insulin injections or whole pancreas transplant, each of which are associated with profound drawbacks. Insulin gene therapy, which has shown great efficacy in correcting(More)
Treating patients with kidney failure by organ transplantation has been extraordinarily successful. Although, current immunosuppressants have improved short-term allograft survival, most transplants are eventually lost due to chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN). The molecular mechanisms underlying CAN are poorly understood. Smooth muscle cells (SMC) play a(More)
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is caused by immune destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells. Commonly used insulin injection therapy does not provide a dynamic blood glucose control to prevent long-term systemic T1DM-associated damages. Donor shortage and the limited long-term success of islet transplants have stimulated the development of novel(More)
Loin pain hematuria syndrome is a rare disease with a prevalence of ∼0.012%. The most prominent clinical features include periods of severe intermittent or persistent unilateral or bilateral loin pain accompanied by either microscopic or gross hematuria. Patients with loin pain hematuria syndrome initially present with hematuria, flank pain, or most often(More)
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