Maternal microchimerism: Friend or foe in type 1 diabetes?

Jody Ye, Marta Vives-Pi, Kathleen M. Gillespie

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Increased levels of non-inherited maternal HLA alleles have been detected in the periphery of children with type 1 diabetes and an increased frequency of maternal cells have been identified in type 1 diabetes pancreas. It is now clear that the phenotype of these cells is pancreatic,1 supporting the hypothesis that maternal cells in human pancreas are derived from multipotent maternal progenitors. Here we hypothesize how increased levels of maternal cells could play a role in islet autoimmunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 5 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Maternal microchimerism
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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