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GlaxoSmithKline Royal Society Professor
Frances Ashcroft is the Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. She holds BA, PhD and ScD degrees from Cambridge University and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1999. Her research focuses on ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channels and their role in insulin secretion, in both health and disease. She is interested in how KATP channel function relates to channel structure, how cell metabolism regulates channel activity, and how mutations in KATP channel genes cause human disease. The ultimate goal is to elucidate how a rise in the blood glucose concentration stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreatic beta-cells, what goes wrong with this process in type 2 diabetes, and how drugs used to treat this condition exert their beneficial effects. She has written a text book Ion Channels and Disease and is Director of OXION, a training and research programme on the integrative physiology of ion channels, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
FTO demethylase activity is essential for normal bone growth and bone mineralization in mice.
Sachse G. et al, (2018), Biochim Biophys Acta, 1864, 843 - 850
Pancreatic β-Cell Electrical Activity and Insulin Secretion: Of Mice and Men.
Rorsman P. and Ashcroft FM., (2018), Physiol Rev, 98, 117 - 214
Fumarate Hydratase Deletion in Pancreatic β Cells Leads to Progressive Diabetes.
Adam J. et al, (2017), Cell Rep, 20, 3135 - 3148
AnABCC8Nonsense Mutation Causing Neonatal Diabetes Through Altered Transcript Expression.
Flanagan SE. et al, (2017), J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol, 9, 260 - 264
Is Type 2 Diabetes a Glycogen Storage Disease of Pancreatic β Cells?
Ashcroft FM. et al, (2017), Cell Metab, 26, 17 - 23