Newly discovered 'death receptor' could help drive type 1 diabetes

Insulin-producing cells in the pancreas carry a “death receptor” that, when activated, causes the cells to self-destruct. This cellular self-destruct button may in turn contribute to the development of type 1 diabetes, according to a new study in mice and human tissues.

The findings also suggest a potential way to rescue some of these cells from certain death — by locking those cellular doorways, according to a new study.

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