Interfacial photopolymerization of beta-cell clusters: approaches to reduce coating thickness using ionic and lipophilic dyes.

Microencapsulation of insulin-secreting cells is a potential therapy for Type I diabetes. Critical requirements for therapeutic use are the high number of beta-cells to be implanted and a fast insulin diffusion through the encapsulating membrane. The use of thin, conformal coating for beta-cell encapsulation may be a way to reach these goals by decreasing… CONTINUE READING