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Human islet separation utilizing a closed automated purification system
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology.
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2008 (English)In: Cell Transplantation, ISSN 0963-6897, E-ISSN 1555-3892, Vol. 17, no 12, 1305-1313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A central step within the human islet isolation process is the separation of islets from contaminating exocrine tissue utilizing linear, continuous density gradients manufactured by means of manually controlled standard gradient makers (SGM). The present study was performed to develop a closed, automated purification system (APS) that customizes density gradient profiles aiming to standardize and optimize human islet purification. Digested human pancreata were pooled, split evenly, and incubated in UW solution according to our standard protocol (n = 11). Continuous density gradient centrifugation was performed in parallel in two refrigerated COBE 2991 cell separators loaded with light (1.076 g/ml) and heavy (1.097 g/ml) Ficoll utilizing either an SGM or two computer-controlled pumps connected to Ficoll-containing bags. Quality control included islet equivalent (IE) yield, purity, in vitro function, and islet cytokine expression. Gradient profiles demonstrated that the APS readily customizes linear and nonlinear gradients. In comparison to the SGM, the APS recovered a higher percentage of the expected volume of continuous gradients (90.0 +/- 1.1% vs. 98.2 +/- 2.0%, p < 0.05). Islet yield (120,468 +/- 15,970 vs. 114,570 +/- 15,313 IE, NS) and purity (51.7 +/- 4.8% vs. 54.4 +/- 4.9%, NS) were nearly identical utilizing the SGM or APS. Decreased MCP-1, IL-6, and IL-8 expression indicated that APS-purified islets were possibly exposed to less proinflammatory stress. Compared to standard procedures, similar success and gentle continuous density gradient separation of human islets is feasible utilizing the APS. The APS facilitates the standardization of this complex procedure according to cGMP standards.

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2008. Vol. 17, no 12, 1305-1313 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105000DOI: 10.3727/096368908787648100ISI: 000264577900003PubMedID: 19364068OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105000DiVA: diva2:220334
Available from: 2009-05-31 Created: 2009-05-31 Last updated: 2011-07-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Standardization of Islet Isolation and Transplantation Variables
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2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Currently, the transplantation of islets of Langerhans is a viable means to maintain control of blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia in defined populations with brittle type I diabetes mellitus or those requiring pancreatectomy. However, the process of islet isolation is highly variable and not all isolations result in islet numbers or quality suitable for transplantation.

This thesis aimed to improve transplantation success through optimization and standardization of the isolation process and to identify pretransplant variables associated with early islet engraftment.

A previously disregarded enzyme activity, tryptic-like activity (TLA), has been identified to influence pancreas digestion efficiency and islet isolation success in both the preclinical and clinical situations. For human pancreases, islet isolation success rates improved from 0% in the lowest TLA group to over 50% in the highest TLA groups without affecting islet quality. These findings should help standardize evaluation of enzymes for clinical islet isolation.

A closed, automated, pump-made gradient system was compared to the open, manual method for islet separation. No differences were observed in expected gradient volumes, islet yields or total purities between the two methods. The pump-made gradient system successfully removed manual influences on density gradient production while fulfilling regulatory requirements for closed system processing.

Islet quantification was evaluated with computer-assisted digital imaging analysis (DIA) and a semi-closed assessment system. By using the DIA system method, which measures islet purity and pellet volume instead of manual counting methods, variation in islet counts and purity reduced by almost half.

By using a transplant outcome measurement of C-peptide adjusted by blood glucose and creatinine, we identified four pretransplant factors that affect early transplant outcome. Of the four factors, one was related to the organ transport time, one to function of the islets, and two to the transplanted tissue volume. When these four factors were put into a predictive model, it accounted for about 40% of the transplant outcome.

The work contained in this thesis identifies and optimizes a number of critical elements related to islet isolation and transplantation protocols.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2011. 76 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 669
Keyword
Islet isolation, standardization, enzyme, gradient separation, digital imaging analysis, DIA, transplantation outcome, islet transplantation, prediction
National Category
Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
Research subject
Medical Cell Biology; Computerized Image Processing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-150247 (URN)978-91-554-8066-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-05-23, Rudbecksalen, Rudbecklaboratoriet, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-05-02 Created: 2011-03-28 Last updated: 2011-07-01Bibliographically approved

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