Role of the funding source: Funding from the NIH was used for support of the participating clinical centers and the coordinating center. The funding source did not participate in the collection or the analysis of the data.
BACKGROUND. The β cell killing that characterizes type 1 diabetes (T1D) is thought to begin years before patients present clinically with metabolic decompensation; however, this primary pathologic process of the disease has not been measured.
METHODS. Here, we measured β cell death with an assay that detects β cell–derived unmethylated insulin (
RESULTS. In at-risk subjects, those who progressed to T1D had average levels of unmethylated
CONCLUSION. We conclude that a blood test that measures unmethylated
TRIAL REGISTRATION. Clinicaltrials.gov NCT00097292.
FUNDING. Funding was from the NIH, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association.
Kevan C. Herold, Sahar Usmani-Brown, Tara Ghazi, Jasmin Lebastchi, Craig A. Beam, Melena D. Bellin, Michel Ledizet, Jay M. Sosenko, Jeffrey P. Krischer, Jerry P. Palmer
β Cell death in progressors and nonprogressors to T1D in the PTP study followed for long periods of time.