Regenerative Medicine for Diabetes Treatment: New β-Cell Sources

  • Rosa Gasa
  • Meritxell RoviraEmail author


Diabetes results from an insufficient number of functional insulin-producing pancreatic β cells. Hence, the replenishment of the β cell population, either by induction of endogenous regeneration or by replacement with substitute β cells generated ex vivo, has long been viewed as a promising strategy to definitely cure this disease.One main topic of debate in the field has been the existence of facultative or dedicated progenitors that can give rise to new insulin-producing cells. On the other hand, recent major advances in in vitro directed differentiation protocols have put embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells on the spotlight as promising cell sources of transplantable β cells. In this chapter, we will discuss current knowledge and future perspectives on both of theseapproaches. The identity of the optimal candidate cell source for β cell replenishment in diabetic patients remains an open and exciting question that will need to be addressed in future investigations.


Diabetes Progenitor Stem Differentiation Transdifferentiation Regeneration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Diabetes y Enfermedades Metabólicas Asociadas (CIBERDEM)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Diabetes and Obesity Research Laboratory, August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB), Hospital Duran i ReynalsBarcelonaSpain

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