Inadequate functional β cell mass underlies both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. β Cell growth and regeneration also decrease with age through mechanisms that are not fully understood. Age-dependent loss of enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) prevents adult β cell replication through derepression of the gene encoding cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2a (
Josie X. Zhou, Sangeeta Dhawan, Hualin Fu, Emily Snyder, Rita Bottino, Sharmistha Kundu, Seung K. Kim, Anil Bhushan
Conditional expression of EZH2 in 2-month-old bEzTG mice promotes β cell replication through repression of Ink4a.