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Hollow fiber-combined glucose-responsive gel technology as an in vivo electronics-free insulin delivery system

Abstract

Accumulating evidence demonstrates that not only sustained elevation of blood glucose levels but also the glucose fluctuation represents key determinants for diabetic complications and mortality. Current closed-loop insulin therapy option is limited to the use of electronics-based systems, although it poses some technical issues with high cost. Here we demonstrate an electronics-free, synthetic boronate gel-based insulin-diffusion-control device technology that can cope with glucose fluctuations and potentially address the electronics-derived issues. The gel was combined with hemodialysis hollow fibers and scaled suitable for rats, serving as a subcutaneously implantable, insulin-diffusion-active site in a manner dependent on the subcutaneous glucose. Continuous glucose monitoring tests revealed that our device not only normalizes average glucose level of rats, but also markedly ameliorates the fluctuations over timescale of a day without inducing hypoglycemia. With inherent stability, diffusion-dependent scalability, and week-long & acute glucose-responsiveness, our technology may offer a low-cost alternative to current electronics-based approaches.

Journal Article

JOURNAL:
Communications Biology

TITLE:
Hollow fiber-combined glucose-responsive gel technology as an in vivo electronics-free insulin delivery system

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-1026-x

Correspondence to

Akira MATSUMOTO, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Bioelectronics,
Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering,
Tokyo Medical and Dental University(TMDU)
E-mail:matsumoto.bsr(at)tmd.ac.jp

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