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Device Protects Transplanted Pancreatic Cells From The Immune System, Burnham Institute for Medical Research And University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Study  
4/10/2009 6:57:16 AM

UC San Diego -- Scientists at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine and the Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) have demonstrated in mice that transplanted pancreatic beta cells are protected from the immune system when encapsulated in a synthetic material called polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). They also showed that using precursor cells, instead of fully formed beta cells, enhanced the rate of transplantation success.