Overproduction of a certain molecule may lead to type 2 diabetes

03/13/2012 | Medical News Today

A study in Immunity revealed that damaged mitochondrial DNA in dying cells activates proteins that trigger the release of interleukin-1beta molecules, which may cause the onset of type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory diseases. The findings could lead to drugs that block the molecule's production instead of preventing interleukin-1beta's action after it is secreted, as current drugs do.

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