Small cell extension with a large effect — The link between cilia and diabetes

Cilia are tiny extensions on cells and they are credited with many important functions. A research team led by Dr Jantje Gerdes and Professor Per-Olof Berggren now demonstrate that insulin receptors sit on the cilia of beta cells in the pancreas. The cell extensions consequently play an important role in insulin release. In the ‘Nature communications’ journal, the scientists report that changed ciliary function can be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. —> Read More Here


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