Epigenetic Control of Pancreatic Regeneration in Diabetes

Genes (Basel). 2018 Sep 7;9(9):448. doi: 10.3390/genes9090448.


Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are conditions that are associated with the loss of insulin-producing β-cells within the pancreas. An active research therefore aims at regenerating these β-cells with the hope that they could restore euglycemia. The approaches classically used consist in mimicking embryonic development, making use of diverse cell sources or converting pre-existing pancreatic cells. Despite impressive progresses and promising successes, it appears that we still need to gain further insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying β-cell development. This becomes even more obvious with the emergence of a relatively new field of research, epigenetics. The current review therefore focuses on the latest advances in this field in the context of β-cell (neo-)genesis research.

Keywords: diabetes; epigenetics; pancreas; regeneration.

Publication types

  • Review