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Introduction: What they say

A study from the Stem Cell Transplantation Program, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA shows that “The Lin28/let-7 axis regulates glucose metabolism.” This study was published in the 30 September  2011 issue of the Journal “Cell” [One of the best journals in Biological sciences with an I.F of 28.71]  by Prof and Dean of the Harvard Medical SchooGeorge Q, Zhu H, and others.

What we say

On the foundation of this interesting finding, Dr L Boominathan PhD, Director-cum-chief Scientist of GBMD, reports that: Epidermal growth  factor therapy for Regenerating the lost pancreatic β-cells in Diabetic patients: EGF (Epidermal growth factor)  increases the expression of IGF1R, INSR, and IRS2, and promotes an insulin-sensitized state via up-regulation of  its target gene [easy_payment currency=”USD”]

From significance of the study to Public health relevance

Given that: (1) more than 387 million people worldwide are affected by Diabetes mellitus (DM); (2) Diabetes is going to be one of the top 10 causes of death by 2030; (3) the life-long painful injection/drug treatment is required to treat DM; (3) the global economic cost spent for diabetes treatment in 2014 was little more than 600 billion US dollars, there is an urgent need to find: (i) a way to induce regeneration of adult ß-cells and cardiomyocytes that were lost in DM (Diabetes Mellitus) and MI (Myocardial infarction), respectively; (ii) a cheaper alternative to the existing expensive weight-loss drugs; (iii) a side-effect-free natural product-based drug; and (iv) a way to cure, not just treat, diabetes.

What is known?

Prof. George Q and his research team members had shown earlier that loss of Lin28 in muscles promotes insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. 

From Research findings to Therapeutic opportunity:

This study suggests, for the first time, that EGF, by regulating the expression of its target genesit may (1) increase the expression of IGF1R, INSR, and IRS2; (2) enhance tissue repair; (3) promote regeneration of pancreatic β-cells; (3) augment regenerative capacity; (4) promote insulin sensitivity; and (5) protect against cardiac ageing and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) (Fig.1).

Figure 1. Mechanistic insights into how EGF functions as an anti-diabetic and a cardioprotective agent. EGF may promote insulin sensitivity and protect against myocardial infarction via up regulation of reprogramming protein Lin-28

Thus, pharmacological formulations encompassing EGF or its activatorseither alone or in combination with other drugs” may be used to treat DM and DCM.

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Details of the research findings: 

Idea Proposed/Formulated (with experimental evidences) by:

Dr L Boominathan Ph.D.

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Undisclosed mechanistic information: How does EGF promote insulin-sensitized state?

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CitationBoominathan L, Epidermal growth factor therapy for Regenerating the lost pancreatic β-cells in Diabetic patients: EGF (Epidermal growth factor)  increases the expression of IGF1R, INSR, and IRS2, and promotes an insulin-sensitized state via up-regulation of  its target gene.  20/June/2017, 8.06 am,  Genome-2-Bio-Medicine Discovery center (GBMD), http://genomediscovery.org

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