Protein levels may be red flag for onset of diabetes in children
Georgia Health Sciences University researchers are looking at blood levels of a protein (interleukin-1 receptor antagonist or IL-1ra) in children to see if decreases in its levels can be used to identify children who will develop type 1 diabetes. The children are part of the TEDDY study, a 15-year, international study of children who carry genes that put them at risk for the disease.
If IL-1ra, which helps control inflammation, pans out as a predictive tool, researchers then want to study the use of IL-1 inhibitors to prevent the disease, according to Dr. Jin-Xiong She, Director of the GHSU Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine and a GRA Eminent Scholar. Read more>