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Islet production

Bradley P Weegman, Ahmad Essawy, Peter Nash, Alexandra L Carlson, Kristin J Voltzke, Zhaohui Geng, Marjan Jahani, Benjamin B Becker, Klearchos K Papas, Meri T Firpo
In this demonstration, spheroids formed from the β-TC6 insulinoma cell line were cultured as a model of manufacturing a mammalian islet cell product to demonstrate how regulating nutrient levels can improve cell yields. In previous studies, bioreactors facilitated increased culture volumes over static cultures, but no increase in cell yields were observed. Limitations in key nutrients such as glucose, which were consumed between batch feedings, can lead to limitations in cell expansion. Large fluctuations in glucose levels were observed, despite the increase in glucose concentrations in the media...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Chrysovalantou Mihailidou, Ioulia Chatzistamou, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Hippokratis Kiaris
Pancreatic dysfunction during diabetes is linked to the induction of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress on pancreatic beta (β) cells. Our laboratory recently discovered that p21 protects from diabetes by modifying the outcome of ER stress response. In the present study, we explored the antidiabetic activity of ciclopirox (CPX), an iron chelator and recently described activator of p21 expression. The effects of CPX in beta cell survival and function were assessed in cultured islets in vitro as well as in diabetic mice in vivo...
October 19, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Masayuki Shimoda, Shinichi Matsumoto
Allogeneic islet transplantation has become a viable option for the treatment of unstable type 1 diabetes; however, donor shortage and the necessity for immunosuppressive drugs are two major drawbacks of this treatment. Microencapsulated porcine islets can solve both of these drawbacks, and clinical trials have been conducted. Previous clinical trials demonstrated the safety and marginal efficacy of this treatment; therefore, it is necessary to improve its efficacy. The production of microencapsulated porcine islets consists of pancreas procurement, islet isolation, and microencapsulation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Riccardo Calafiore, Giuseppe Basta, Pia Montanucci
Microencapsulation technology, based on use of alginic acid biopolymers, has been devised many years ago. However, when intended for enveloping human islets for transplantation purposes, the method needs to be up-scaled and implemented with care being taken to comply with simple but important measures. It is almost indispensable to rely on an ultrapurified alginic polymers: in fact, any, even minimal, alginate contamination with endotoxins, pyrogens, and proteins could provoke the host's inflammatory reaction upon graft, with heavy adverse consequences on the capsules immunoprotective properties, hence on graft survival per se...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jimena Soutelo, Sofía Moldes, Cielo Frisone, Laura Salvá, Cecilia Agostinis, Gabriel Faraj
Paraneoplastic syndromes are a heterogeneous group of malignant diseases caused by events which involve endocrine, immune and metabolic aspects and whose symptoms vary according to the substance produced and the primary tumor. Hypercalcemia is a frequent complication in cancer patients. Prognosis of cancer patients with hypercalcemia is usually poor. A factor called parathyroid hormone related peptide, whose actions are similar to those of the parathyroid hormone, is thought to be the most common cause of malignancy associated hypercalcemia...
October 10, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Adam Neal, Austin Rountree, Kelly Kernan, Brian Van Yserloo, Huiliang Zhang, Benjamin J Reed, William Osborne, Wang Wang, Ian R Sweet
A real time method to measure intracellular H2O2 would be very impactful in characterizing rapid changes that occur in physiologic and pathophysiologic states. Current methods do not provide the sensitivity, specificity and spatiotemporal resolution needed for such experiments on intact cells. We developed the use of HyPer, a genetic indicator for H2O2 that can be expressed in the cytosol (cyto-HyPer) or the mitochondria (mito-HyPer) of live cells. INS-1 cells or islets were permeabilized and the cytosolic HyPer signal was a linear function of extracellular H2O2, allowing fluorescent cyto-HyPer signals to be converted to H2O2 concentrations...
October 11, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Junbi Xv, Qianwen Ming, Xiaotong Wang, Wenjing Zhang, Zheng Li, Shuai Wang, Yulin Li, Lisha Li
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease characterized by lack of insulin and irreversible destruction of islet β cells. In order to alleviate the symptoms, lifelong exogenous insulin administration has been the primary treatment of T1DM. In recent years, as a novel promising therapy, the transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with or without pancreatic islets has achieved great therapeutic effects in animal models due to their multipotency along with their secretion of cytokines, angiogenic factors and immunomodulatory substances...
October 10, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Pablo H H Lopez, Susan Aja, Kazuhiro Aoki, Marcus M Seldin, Xia Lei, Gabriele V Ronnett, G William Wong, Ronald L Schnaar
Sialyltransferases are a family of 20 gene products in mice and humans that transfer sialic acid from its activated precursor, CMP-sialic acid, to the terminus of glycoprotein and glycolipid acceptors. ST3Gal-II (coded by the St3gal2 gene) transfers sialic acid preferentially to the 3-position of galactose on the Galβ1-3GalNAc terminus of gangliosides GM1 and GD1b to synthesize GD1a and GT1b respectively. Mice with a targeted disruption of St3gal2 unexpectedly displayed late-onset obesity and insulin resistance...
September 28, 2016: Glycobiology
Camille Attané, Marie-Line Peyot, Roxane Lussier, Pegah Poursharifi, Shangang Zhao, Dongwei Zhang, Johane Morin, Marco Pineda, Shupei Wang, Olivier Dumortier, Neil B Ruderman, Grant A Mitchell, Brigitte Simons, S R Murthy Madiraju, Erik Joly, Marc Prentki
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: To directly assess the role of beta cell lipolysis in insulin secretion and whole-body energy homeostasis, inducible beta cell-specific adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL)-deficient (B-Atgl-KO) mice were studied under normal diet (ND) and high-fat diet (HFD) conditions. METHODS: Atgl (flox/flox) mice were cross-bred with Mip-Cre-ERT mice to generate Mip-Cre-ERT(/+);Atgl (flox/flox) mice. At 8 weeks of age, these mice were injected with tamoxifen to induce deletion of beta cell-specific Atgl (also known as Pnpla2), and the mice were fed an ND or HFD...
September 27, 2016: Diabetologia
Matias Soncini, Gianfranca Corna, Marta Moresco, Nadia Coltella, Umberto Restuccia, Daniela Maggioni, Laura Raccosta, Chin-Yo Lin, Francesca Invernizzi, Roberto Crocchiolo, Claudio Doglioni, Catia Traversari, Angela Bachi, Rosa Bernardi, Claudio Bordignon, Jan-Åke Gustafsson, Vincenzo Russo
Cells in the tumor microenvironment may be reprogrammed by tumor-derived metabolites. Cholesterol-oxidized products, namely oxysterols, have been shown to favor tumor growth directly by promoting tumor cell growth and indirectly by dampening antitumor immune responses. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing oxysterol generation within tumor microenvironments remain elusive. We recently showed that tumor-derived oxysterols recruit neutrophils endowed with protumoral activities, such as neoangiogenesis...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
N P Amdare, V K Khatri, R S P Yadav, A Tarnekar, K Goswami, M V R Reddy
Epidemiological and experimental evidence has supported the concept of using helminths as alternative bio-therapeutic agents in the treatment of type 1 diabetes (T1D). In the current study, two filarial proteins, recombinant Wuchereria bancrofti L2 (rWbL2) and Brugia malayi abundant larval transcript 2 (rBmALT-2) have been investigated, individually and in combination, for their therapeutic potential in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced T1D. The rWbL2 and rBmALT-2 proteins, when administered individually or in combination, have resulted in lowering of the blood glucose levels and reducing the incidence of T1D in mice...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Helminthology
Jun Sung Moon, Udayakumar Karunakaran, Suma Elumalai, In-Kyu Lee, Hyoung Woo Lee, Yong-Woon Kim, Kyu Chang Won
AIM/HYPOTHESIS: Cluster determinant 36 (CD36), a fatty acid transporter, was reported to have a pivotal role in glucotoxicity-induced beta cell dysfunction. However, little is known about how glucotoxicity influences CD36 expression, and it is unknown whether this action can be counteracted by metformin. In the present study, we showed that metformin counteracts glucotoxicity by alleviating oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced CD36 expression. METHODS: We used primary rat islets as well as INS-1 cells for 72h to 24h with 30mM glucose, respectively...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Issei Saitoh, Masahiro Sato, Miki Soda, Emi Inada, Yoko Iwase, Tomoya Murakami, Hayato Ohshima, Haruaki Hayasaki, Hirofumi Noguchi
Type 1 diabetes occurs due to the autoimmune destruction of pancreatic β-cells in islets. Transplantation of islets is a promising option for the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes that experience hypoglycemic unawareness despite maximal care, but the present shortage of donor islets hampers such transplantation. Transplantation of insulin-producing cells derived from the patients themselves would be one of the most promising approaches to cure type 1 diabetes. Previously, we demonstrated that insulin-producing cells could be produced by transfecting murine pancreatic cells with Yamanaka's reprogramming factors...
2016: PloS One
Wensheng Zhang, Vijay S Gorantla, Phil G Campbell, Yang Li, Yang Yang, Chiaki Komatsu, Lee E Weiss, Xin Xiao Zheng, Mario G Solari
Pancreatic islet transplantation (PIT) represents a potential therapy to circumvent the need for exogenous insulin in type 1 diabetes. However, PIT remains limited by lack of donor islets and need for long-term multi-drug immunosuppression to prevent alloimmune islet rejection. Our goal was to evaluate a local immunoregulatory strategy that sustains islet allograft survival and restores glucose homeostasis in the absence of systemic immunosuppression. Nanogram quantities of murine CTLA4/Fc fusion protein were controllably delivered within human acellular dermal matrix scaffolds using an inkjet-based biopatterning technology and co-transplanted with allogeneic islets under the renal capsule to create an immunoregulatory microenvironment around the islet allograft...
September 20, 2016: Diabetes
Yang Li, Xiaoming Ding, Ping Fan, Jian Guo, Xiaohui Tian, Xinshun Feng, Jin Zheng, Puxun Tian, Chenguang Ding, Wujun Xue
Islet transplantation suffers from low efficiency caused by nonspecific inflammation-induced graft loss after transplantation. This study reports increased islet loss and enhanced inflammatory response in p27-deficient mice (p27-/-) and proposes a possible mechanism. Compared with wild type, p27-/- mice showed more severe functional injury of islet, with increased serum levels of inflammatory cytokines IL-1 and TNF-α, inducing macrophage proliferation. Furthermore, the increased number, pro-apoptotic proteins, and NF-κB phosphorylation status of the infiltrating macrophages were accompanied by increased TNF-α mRNA level of islet graft site in p27-/- mice...
September 15, 2016: Endocrinology
Jelena Kolic, James D Johnson
The pulsatility of insulin release is disturbed early in type 2 diabetes, but it is not clear whether specialized pacemaker cells drive islet oscillations. In this issue of Cell Metabolism, Johnston et al. (2016) show that specialized hubs, identified as 1%-10% of beta cells with more active mitochondria and less insulin, synchronize beta cell oscillations.
September 13, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Ling L Chia, Ibrahim Jantan, Kien H Chua, Kok W Lam, Kamal Rullah, Mohd F M Aluwi
Tocotrienols (T3) are well-known for their antioxidant properties besides showing therapeutic potential in clinical complications such as hyperlipidemia induced by diabetes. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of δ-T3, γ-T3, and α-T3 on insulin secretion-associated genes expression of rat pancreatic islets in a dynamic culture. Pancreatic islets freshly isolated from male Wistar rats were treated with T3 for 1 h at 37°C in a microfluidic system with continuous operation. The cells were collected for total RNA extraction and reverse-transcribed, followed by measurement of insulin secretion-associated genes expression using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Lan Shao, Boya Feng, Yuying Zhang, Huanjiao Zhou, Weidong Ji, Wang Min
Adipose tissue dysfunction correlates with the development of diabetes. Mice with an adipocyte-specific deletion of the SUMO-specific protease SENP1 develop symptoms of type-1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Peri-pancreatic adipocytes (PATs) exert both systemic and paracrine effects on pancreases function. Our recent studies report that PATs of SENP1-deficient mice have increased proinflammatory cytokine production compared with other adipose depots. Proinflammatory cytokines produced from PATs not only have direct cytotoxic effects on pancreatic islets, but also increase CCL5 expression in adjacent pancreatic islets, which induces persistent inflammation in pancreases by acquisition of Th1 and Th17 effector T cell subsets...
July 2016: Adipocyte
Liangliang Xu, Ming Zhang, Xiaobo Zheng, Pengsheng Yi, Chuan Lan, Mingqing Xu
PURPOSE: Circular RNAs (circRNA) represent a novel class of widespread and diverse endogenous RNAs that regulate gene expression in mammals. microRNA-7 (miR-7) is a well-demonstrated suppressor of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Recent studies have showed that one such circRNA, ciRS-7 (also termed as Cdr1as) was the inhibitor and sponge of miR-7 in the embryonic zebrafish midbrain and islet cells. However, the relationships among ciRS-7, miR-7 and clinical features of HCC remain to be clarified...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Bhawna Chandravanshi, Ramesh Bhonde
Transplantation of pancreatic islets is the most reliable treatment for Type 1 diabetes. However cell death mediated by hypoxia is considered as one of the main difficulties hindering success in islet transplantation. The aim of our experiment was to investigate the role of small molecules in survival of Islet like cell aggregates (ICAs) engineered from umbilical cord matrix under oxygen deprived condition (<5% O2). ICAs were analyzed for cell death via fluoroscein diacetate/propidium iodide (FDA/PI) staining, estimation of Caspase 3 and free radical release in presence and absence of small molecules...
September 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
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