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pancreatic Transplant

Yong Li, Changqiang Wu, Tianwu Chen, Juanjuan Zhang, Gang Liu, Yu Pu, Jiang Zhu, Chengyi Shen, Yang Zhang, Nanlin Zeng, Xiaoming Zhang
It was previously demonstrated that mucin 4 (MUC4) is not expressed in normal pancreatic tissues or in chronic pancreatitis tissue but is highly expressed in pancreatic cancer (PC) tissue. Effective MUC4 gene knockdown in PC may contribute to the elucidation of pancreatic tumor development and metastasis, and may be valuable in new therapeutic approaches. Thus to confirm this, in the present study, the BxPC-3 cell line was transfected with eight pairs of shRNA lentiviral vectors for MUC4. The qPCR results showed that expression of MUC4 mRNA in the BxPC-3 cells was significantly decreased at 96 h after transfection...
October 6, 2016: Oncology Reports
V Santos, A V Cardoso, C Lopes, P Azevedo, F Gamboa, A Amorim
: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common autosomal recessive disease in Caucasians. Although most cases are diagnosed in childhood, diagnosis in adults is apparently increasing. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the adult population with CF, comparing patients who were diagnosed before and after 18 years of age. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients followed in three main medical centres in Portugal in 2012. Comparison of two groups: G1 - patients diagnosed at <18 years and G2 - patients diagnosed at ≥18 years...
October 13, 2016: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
Kevin Enck, John Patrick McQuilling, Giuseppe Orlando, Riccardo Tamburrini, Sittadjody Sivanandane, Emmanuel C Opara
Islet transplantation (IT) has recently been shown to be a promising alternative to pancreas transplantation for reversing diabetes. IT requires the isolation of the islets from the pancreas, and these islets can be used to fabricate a bio-artificial pancreas. Enzymatic digestion is the current gold standard procedure for islet isolation but has lingering concerns. One such concern is that it has been shown to damage the islets due to nonselective tissue digestion. This chapter provides a detailed description of a nonenzymatic method that we are exploring in our lab as an alternative to current enzymatic digestion procedures for islet isolation from human and nonhuman pancreatic tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
William F Kendall, Emmanuel C Opara
Since the discovery of insulin by Banting and Best in 1921, the prognosis and treatment options for individuals with diabetes have improved. The development of various insulin types, various oral agents, and insulin pumps have improved the available medical options for individuals afflicted with diabetes. The current need for frequent blood glucose monitoring imposed by multiple daily insulin injections, result in significant life-style challenges for in individuals afflicted with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). In contrast the use of surgical interventions, such as whole organ pancreas transplantation (PT) requires less-intensive glucose monitoring while the organ is viable...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Marcus D Darabbie, Emmanuel C Opara
The promise of pancreatic islet transplantation is hindered by organ shortage, and the need for immunosuppression of transplant recipient in order to prevent rejection. Alginate microencapsulation can overcome these hurdles; however further optimization of this technique is required. Among the critical factors to be optimized is the durability of alginate microcapsules, which can be determined by their mechanical strength tests. Here we describe several simple and reliable methods to assist in assessing the mechanical strength of alginate beads...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
William F Kendall, Emmanuel C Opara
Application of microencapsulation to the immunoisolation of pancreatic islets holds promise for expanding the use of islet transplantation as a treatment option for Type 1 diabetes. It is generally believed that successful development of a reliable methodology will ideally allow for transplantation of pancreatic islets that are protected from the immune system, thereby obviating the need for the use of immunosuppressive drugs and their attendant side effects. In addition, this technology has the potential to expand the donor pool as islets from nonhuman donors could be used as xenografts in human patients...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Varna Sharma, Michael Hunckler, Melur K Ramasubramanian, Emmanuel C Opara, Kalyan C Katuri
Bioartificial pancreas made of insulin-secreting islets cells holds great promise in the treatment of individuals with Type-1 diabetes. Successful islet cell microencapsulation in biopolymers is a key step for providing immunoisolation of transplanted islet cells. Because of the variability in the size and shape of pancreatic islets, one of the main obstacles in their microencapsulation is the inability to consistently control shape, size, and microstructure of the encapsulating biopolymer capsule. In this chapter, we provide a detailed description of a microfluidic approach to islet cell encapsulation in alginate that might address the microencapsulation challenges...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Y Liu, L-B Guo, J-K Xu
OBJECTIVE: These case series present a retrospective analysis of clinical effects that an allogeneic amniotic cell transplantation can have in treating 4 patients with type 2 diabetes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible diabetic patients were onset within 3 years, with fasting blood glucose > 7.0 mmol/l. Stem - cells that are collected from neonatal amniotic membrane when a child is born (2 x 107 cells) - are used for the treatment of these patients. Measured by the flow cytometry, stem cells transfer clusters of differentiation CD113 and CD34 at a high level, and through the femoral artery on the left, they are administered into the patient's pancreatic dorsal artery...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Youngjin Kim, Hyeongseok Kim, Ung Hyun Ko, Youjin Oh, Ajin Lim, Jong-Woo Sohn, Jennifer H Shin, Hail Kim, Yong-Mahn Han
Insulin secretion is elaborately modulated in pancreatic ß cells within islets of three-dimensional (3D) structures. Using human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to develop islet-like structures with insulin-producing ß cells for the treatment of diabetes is challenging. Here, we report that pancreatic islet-like clusters derived from hESCs are functionally capable of glucose-responsive insulin secretion as well as therapeutic effects. Pancreatic hormone-expressing endocrine cells (ECs) were differentiated from hESCs using a step-wise protocol...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Giovanni Battista Levi Sandri, Edoardo De Werra, Gianluca Mascianà, Francesco Guerra, Gabriele Spoletini, Quirino Lai
Minimally invasive surgical approaches in transplantation are gaining increasing interest, and many centers are reporting their, mainly laparoscopic, experiences. Robotic surgery (RS) has some hypothetical advantages over traditional laparoscopy, and has been successfully applied, although infrequently to organ transplantation. Our goal was to review and critique the publications reporting RS use in organ transplantation. Most of the RS experience has been with living renal donor organ procurement and, to a lesser extent, with RS procedures in the transplant recipient...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Transplantation
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
Junfeng Li, Johann Karunananthan, Bradley Pelham, Fouad Kandeel
It was estimated that every year more than 30000 persons in the United States - approximately 80 people per day - are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). T1D is caused by autoimmune destruction of the pancreatic islet (β cells) cells. Islet transplantation has become a promising therapy option for T1D patients, while the lack of suitable tools is difficult to directly evaluate of the viability of the grafted islet over time. Positron emission tomography (PET) as an important non-invasive methodology providing high sensitivity and good resolution, is able to accurate detection of the disturbed biochemical processes and physiological abnormality in living organism...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Radiology
Hang Zhao, Zhiying He, Dandan Huang, Jun Gao, Yanfang Gong, Hongyu Wu, Aifang Xu, Xiangjun Meng, Zhaoshen Li
Background & Aims. Severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) remains a high-mortality disease. Bone marrow (BM) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been demonstrated to have plasticity of transdifferentiation and to have immunomodulatory functions. In the present study, we assessed the roles of MSCs in SAP and the therapeutic effects of MSC on SAP after transplantation. Methods. A pancreatitis rat model was induced by the injection of taurocholic acid (TCA) into the pancreatic duct. After isolation and characterization of MSC from BM, MSC transplantation was conducted 24 hrs after SAP induction by tail vein injection...
2016: Stem Cells International
Shinji Yamamoto, Maria Nelander
INTRODUCTION: We present a case report of ectopic pregnancy (EP) after simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SKPTx). PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 33-year-old female status post SKPTx suddenly got abdominal pain in the lower level. She had high human chorionic Gonadotropin test. Ultrasonography revealed that there was no fetus in the uterus but a dilated right fallopian tube, which strongly suggested ectopic pregnancy. An emergency operation was performed and a dilated right side uterine tube was found with adhesions to her transplant...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Carlo Castellani, Baroukh M Assael
Cystic fibrosis (CF), a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the CFTR gene on chromosome 7, is complex and greatly variable in clinical expression. Airways, pancreas, male genital system, intestine, liver, bone, and kidney are involved. The lack of CFTR or its impaired function causes fat malabsorption and chronic pulmonary infections leading to bronchiectasis and progressive lung damage. Previously considered lethal in infancy and childhood, CF has now attained median survivals of 50 years of age, mainly thanks to the early diagnosis through neonatal screening, recognition of mild forms, and an aggressive therapeutic attitude...
October 5, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Weidong Shi, Chenyue Zhang, Zhen Chen, Hao Chen, Luming Liu, Zhiqiang Meng
Efficient inhibition of tumor metastasis after resection of primary tumors is critical for cancer therapy. We have recently shown that Cyr61 promotes growth of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) through PI3k/Akt signaling-enhanced nuclear exclusion of p27. Here, we report that administration of adeno-associated viral vectors carrying a short-hairpin interfering RNA (shRNA) for Cyr61 via pancreatic duct significantly decreased the distal tumor metastases after resection of primary pancreatic tumor in mice...
September 26, 2016: Oncotarget
João Paulo M C M Cunha, Gunter Leuckx, Peter Sterkendries, Hannelie Korf, Gabriela Bomfim-Ferreira, Lutgart Overbergh, Bart Vaes, Harry Heimberg, Conny Gysemans, Chantal Mathieu
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Hypoxia in the initial days after islet transplantation leads to considerable loss of islet mass and contributes to disappointing outcomes in the clinical setting. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether co-transplantation of human non-endothelial bone marrow-derived multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs), which are non-immunogenic and can secrete angiogenic growth factors during the initial days after implantation, could improve islet engraftment and survival...
October 4, 2016: Diabetologia
Hong-Tu Li, Fang-Xu Jiang, Ping Shi, Tao Zhang, Xiao-Yu Liu, Xue-Wen Lin, Zhong-Yan San, Xi-Ning Pang
Islet transplantation provides curative treatments to patients with type 1 diabetes, but donor shortage restricts the broad use of this therapy. Thus, generation of alternative transplantable cell sources is intensively investigated worldwide. We previously showed that bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (bmMSCs) can be reprogrammed to pancreatic-like cells through simultaneously forced suppression of Rest/Nrsf (repressor element-1 silencing transcription factor/neuronal restrictive silencing factor) and Shh (sonic hedgehog) and activation of Pdx1 (pancreas and duodenal transcription factor 1)...
October 3, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Nancy El-Hossary, Hamdy Hassanein, Abdel Wahab El-Ghareeb, Hisham Issa
AIM: To evaluate the efficiency of mesenchymal stem cells isolated from Wharton's jelly (WJ-MSCs) through either the intravenous or intraperitoneal transplantations into streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats as a therapy for type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). METHODOLOGY: A rat model with STZ induction was established and the rats were divided into 3 groups: a tail vein injection group, an intraperitoneal injection group and a STZ control group. Following transplantation, blood glucose levels were monitored weekly then the pancreatic tissues were collected to examine the pancreatic islets by histopathology and morphometric studies...
September 21, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Jian Jin, Sun Woo Lim, Long Jin, Ji Hyun Yu, Hyun Seon Kim, Byung Ha Chung, Chul Woo Yang
Background/Aims: Metformin (MET) is a first-line drug for type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM); its effect on new-onset diabetes after transplantation caused by immunosuppressant therapy is unclear. We compared the effects of MET on DM caused by tacrolimus (TAC) or sirolimus (SRL). Methods: DM was induced by injection of TAC (1.5 mg/kg) or SRL (0.3 mg/kg) for 2 weeks in rats, and MET (200 mg/kg) was injected for 2 more weeks. The effects of MET on DM caused by TAC or SRL were evaluated using an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) and by measuring plasma insulin concentration, islet size, and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS)...
September 30, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
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