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Cell Biochem Biophys. 2007;48(2-3):177-82.

Deleting islet autoimmunity.

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  • 1Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, CO, USA.


Even though there are numerous autoantigens for type 1 diabetes, current evidence suggests that a single autoantigen, namely insulin, is responsible for the key initiating event in autoimmunity. If a single autoantigen is necessary for triggering the autoimmune process, then antigen-specific therapy to block or delete the immune response against that autoantigen before epitope spreading occurs, may become a larger focus of future immunotherapeutic strategies. In this article, we review current literature regarding insulin as an autoantigen and potential approaches to deleting insulin-reactive T cells through the use of peptide vaccines and targeted T cell receptor immunizations.

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