NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Islet Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB:ISLT), (ISLT) a clinical stage company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of therapeutics in the field of diabetes, announced today an important study published in Diabetes by the American Diabetes Association titled Immune Therapy and β-Cell Death in Type 1 Diabetes.
“This study is another validator of our approach to tackling this worldwide disease,” stated John Steel, Islet Sciences Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to make solid important strides in executing our business strategy and this paper represents a clinical application of our licensed technology by leading scientists in the field of diabetes research."
Islet sciences appreciates and recognizes JDRF’s support to Dr. Kevan Herold and Yale University in developing this technology.
Below is a copy of the abstract and a link to the article:
Immune Therapy and β-Cell Death in Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) results from immune-mediated destruction of insulin-producing β-cells. The killing of β-cells is not currently measurable; β-cell functional studies routinely used are affected by environmental factors such as glucose and cannot distinguish death from dysfunction. Moreover, it is not known whether immune therapies affect killing. We developed an assay to identify β-cell death by measuring relative levels of unmethylated INS DNA in serum and used it to measure β-cell death in a clinical trial of teplizumab. We studied 43 patients with recent-onset T1D, 13 nondiabetic subjects, and 37 patients with T1D treated with FcR nonbinding anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody (teplizumab) or placebo. Patients with recent-onset T1D had higher rates of β-cell death versus nondiabetic control subjects, but patients with long-standing T1D had lower levels. When patients with recent-onset T1D were treated with teplizumab, β-cell function was preserved (P < 0.05) and the rates of β-cell were reduced significantly (P < 0.05). We conclude that there are higher rates of β-cell death in patients with recent-onset T1D compared with nondiabetic subjects. Improvement in C-peptide responses with immune intervention is associated with decreased β-cell death.
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About Islet Sciences, Inc.
Islet Sciences is a development-stage biotechnology company with patented technologies focused on infusion therapy for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. The Company's infusion technology includes methods for the culturing, isolation, maturation, and immunoprotection (microencapsulation) of islet cells. The Company's mission includes the introduction of commercial products relevant to the insulin dependent diabetes marketplace including diagnostics and anti inflammatory compounds. For more information: www.isletsciences.com
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