Cleaver O, Melton DA. 2003. Endothelial signaling during development. Nature medicine. 9(6):661-8. Pubmed: 12778164


Blood vessels perfuse all tissues in the body and mediate vital metabolic exchange between tissues and blood. Increasing evidence, however, points to a direct role for paracrine signaling between blood vessel cells and surrounding target organ cells, during embryonic development and cell differentiation. Understanding the nature of this signaling and its heterogeneity, both in the embryo and in adult tissues, may not only provide insights into mechanisms for normal developmental cell fate decisions, but could also lead to novel targeted therapeutic approaches for a variety of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

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Doug Melton is pursuing a cure for type 1 diabetes. His lab studies the developmental biology of the pancreas, using that information to grow and develop pancreatic cells (islets of Langerhans). In parallel, they investigate ways to protect beta cells from autoimmune attack.

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