Author(s): CaveltiWeder C, Li W, Weir GC, Zhou Q
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Abstract Pancreatic exocrine cells can be directly converted to insulin(+) beta cells by adenoviral-mediated expression of three transcription factors Pdx1, Mafa, and Ngn3 in the adult mouse pancreas (Zhou et al., Nature 455(7213):627-632, 2008). This direct reprogramming approach offers a strategy to replenish beta-cell mass and may be further developed as a potential future treatment for diabetes. Here, we provide a detailed protocol for inducing exocrine to beta-cell reprogramming in mice. We also describe key analyses we routinely use to assess the phenotype and function of reprogrammed cells.
This article was published in Methods Mol Biol
and referenced in Journal of Nephrology & Therapeutics