A method for islet transplantation to the omentum in mouse

Academic Article


  • © 2019 Journal of Visualized Experiments. Islet transplantation has been proposed to be a potential treatment for type 1 diabetes. Recent compelling evidence indicates that intravascular islet infusion is far from ideal and therefore, the omentum is re-emerging as a potentially valuable site for islet transplantation. This experiment requires the isolation of high quality islets and the implantation of the islets to the diabetic recipients. Transplantation to the omentum requires surgical steps that can be better demonstrated visually. Here, the detailed steps for this procedure are presented. Two methods of mixing the isolated islets with hydrogel before placing the mixture into the omental pouch of diabetic mice are described here. Different hydrogels are used for the different conditions. Blood glucose levels of diabetic mouse recipients of syngeneic islets in the omentum were monitored for up to 35 days. Some animals were sacrificed after 14 days to perform immuno-histochemical analysis. This pre-clinical transplantation approach can be used as preliminary data leading up to translation to clinical transplantation.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 8996406
  • Author List

  • Lu Y; Zou S; Bertera S; Bottino R; Cooper DKC; Liu Z; Huang Y; Wang C; Hong C; He T
  • Volume

  • 2019
  • Issue

  • 143