From California, USA:
What is GAD 65?
If it is in relation to Diabetes the abbreviation GAD refers to an intracellular enzyme called glutamic acid decarboxlase. When the beta or insulin producing cells in the islets are damaged this enzyme is liberated into the blood stream and the body forms specific antibodies to it which are often described as GAD65 or anti GAD65. This antibody is part of a spectrum of antibodies used in the diagnosis of Type 1A or autoimmune Diabetes, these antibodies can be present long before there is an actual need for insulin.
Original posting 17 Mar 1999
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