HEADLINE: PROTECTING TRANSPLANTS
ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW TECHNIQUE FOR TRANSPLANTING CELLS MAY BENEFITS PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Cells transplants to help people with diabetes make their own insulin have been fraught with problems, especially attacks on the cells by the patient’s own body. Now a technique developed by Aravind Arepally, a radiologist and surgeon at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues, has proven successful in animals.
AREPALLY: We created these small, tiny capsules, and we put the cells inside these imaging capsules, and we then delivered them into the blood vessel in the liver, and then we actually were able to watch these capsules and see what happens to them using conventional MRI scanners. We have now a way to deliver these cells, to track them, to see the fate of these cells, and at the same time these capsules protect the cells from the immune system so they don’t get destroyed, so we’re hoping that this will be a step forward in the treatment of diabetes with islet cells. ;27
Arepally anticipates clinical trials in people should begin shortly. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.