Islet encapsulation with polyphenol coatings decreases pro-inflammatory chemokine synthesis and T cell trafficking

Academic Article


  • Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a chronic pro-inflammatory autoimmune disease consisting of islet-infiltrating leukocytes involved in pancreatic β-cell lysis. One promising treatment for T1D is islet transplantation; however, clinical application is constrained due to limited islet availability, adverse effects of immunosuppressants, and declining graft survival. Islet encapsulation may provide an immunoprotective barrier to preserve islet function and prevent immune-mediated rejection after transplantation. We previously demonstrated that a novel cytoprotective nanothin multilayer coating for islet encapsulation consisting of tannic acid (TA), an immunomodulatory antioxidant, and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVPON), was efficacious in dampening in vitro immune responses involved in transplant rejection and preserving in vitro islet function. However, the ability of (PVPON/TA) to maintain islet function in vivo and reverse diabetes has not been tested. Recent evidence has demonstrated that modulation of redox status can affect pro-inflammatory immune responses. Therefore, we hypothesized that transplanted (PVPON/TA)-encapsulated islets can restore euglycemia to diabetic mice and provide an immunoprotective barrier. Our results demonstrate that (PVPON/TA) nanothin coatings can significantly decrease in vitro chemokine synthesis and diabetogenic T cell migration. Importantly, (PVPON/TA)-encapsulated islets restored euglycemia after transplantation into diabetic mice. Our results demonstrate that (PVPON/TA)-encapsulated islets may suppress immune responses and enhance islet allograft acceptance in patients with T1D.
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  • Biomaterials  Journal
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    Author List

  • Pham-Hua D; Padgett LE; Xue B; Anderson B; Zeiger M; Barra JM; Bethea M; Hunter CS; Kozlovskaya V; Kharlampieva E
  • Start Page

  • 19
  • End Page

  • 32
  • Volume

  • 128