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Present and potential future use of gene therapy for the treatment of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (Review).

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This review describes the latest approaches towards using gene therapy as a treatment for non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM; Type 2 diabetes). We examine attempts to directly deliver the insulin gene to non-beta-cells, to improve insulin secretion from existing beta-cells and to develop ex vivo approaches to implanting genetically modified cells. Future research into the pathology of non-insulin dependent diabetes, combined with the latest developments in gene delivery systems, may potentially make gene therapy an attractive alternative NIDDM treatment in the future.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Biochemistry, School of Medical Sciences, University Walk, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TD, UK.

Publication date: December 1, 1999

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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