GDF15 and Diabetes (IMAGE) DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Caption Inflammatory agents deplete growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) and kill susceptible beta cells to cause type 1 diabetes. Adding back GDF15 protects beta cells in treated mice. Credit Courtesy of Rose Perry/PNNL Usage Restrictions Please credit Rose Perry/PNNL License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.