T-cell autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes mellitus Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is a T-cell mediated autoimmune disease. Several β-cell antigens, mostly non-tissue-specific, have been implicated in the disease process. The antigens and the autoimmune T cells exist in healthy individuals, as do many of the genes required for the development of diabetes. The question, then, is why and how exposure to undefined environmental agents activates an existing autoimmune potential and directs it to damage the β cells.

publication date

  • December 1, 1993