A simple injection of muscle tissue could control glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Genetic modification of skeletal muscle and subsequent intramuscular implantation could increase blood sugar absorption and become an effective and long-lasting treatment for this pathology. “We took mice satellite cells and we genetically altered to overexpress GLUT4,” Hagit Shoyhet, researcher at the Levenberg lab of stem-cell and tissue engineering, Technion (Israel), said at the European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD) 58th Annual Meeting.
Synthetic cells (SCs) armed with recombinant growth factors could contribute to tissue regeneration and healing by promoting angiogenesis. This technology opens the door to its application in other therapies such as transplants that require the remodeling or formation of new blood vessels. In addition, they mark the way to produce intracorporeal biological drugs or the inhibition of the angiogenesis process itself when it comes to blocking the irrigation of a tumor.
Emulate Inc. has launched a new adeno-associated virus (AAV) transduction application for the Liver-Chip that enables gene therapy researchers to test the delivery efficiency and safety of AAV vectors in a validated, human-relevant model of the liver and get results in weeks.