Diabetes mellitus type I. The present and the future.

J Barbosa, P Santamaria


Insulin dependent diabetes is an organ specific immunologic disease caused by pancreatic B cell destruction, mediated by T lymphocytes Present knowledge about insulin dependent diabetes immunogenetics and their relationship with the HLA system is reviewed, highlighting the polymorphism of the D area of that system and its connectors with diabetes. Possible therapeutic interventions in the autoimmune destructive process are discussed.

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