HUmanized Mice for Assays to Normalize Endocrine Pancreas Function
The scientific goal for the HUMANE CBP is to develop in vivo systems and assays to measure reconstitution of beta cell function. Developing qualitative and/or quantitative clonogenic in vivo assays able to assess the ability of transplanted beta stem or progenitor cells to reconstitute any pancreatice cell lineage in diabetic animals is the focus of the HUMANE CBP. To accomplish this, the HUMANE team is engineering beta-cell ablation models onto immunodeficient mouse strains to allow engraftment of strain-mismatched or species-mismatched stem/progenitors for beta cell reconstitution/clonogenic assays. The long term goal is to provide models for human beta stem and progenitor cells that will also support the development of a human immune system so that human beta cell function can be evaluated in the context of human immunity and autoimmunity.
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