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Positron emission tomography: A real-time tool to quantify early islet engraftment in a preclinical large animal model
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
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2007 (English)In: Transplantation, ISSN 0041-1337, E-ISSN 1534-6080, Vol. 84, no 7, 893-898 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background. Clinical islet transplantation is currently being explored as a therapeutic option for persons with type I diabetes and hypoglycemic unawareness. Techniques to monitor graft survival are urgently needed to optimize the procedure. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to develop a technique for imaging survival of transplanted islets in the peritransplant and early posttransplant phase.

Methods. Isolated porcine islets were labeled in vitro with 2-deoxy-2[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) and infused intraportally into anesthetized pigs (n=10). Dynamic examination was performed on a positron emission tomography/computed tomography hybrid system.

Results. More than 95% of the radioactivity was confined to the islets at the time of transplantation. The peak percentage of infused radioactivity within the liver, quantified at the end of the islet infusion, was only 54±5.1%. The distribution of the radioactivity in the liver was found to be heterogeneous. A whole-body examination showed no accumulation in the lungs or brain; extrahepatic radioactivity was, except urinary excretion, evenly distributed in the pig body.

Conclusions. Our results imply that almost 50% of the islets were damaged to the extent that the FDG contained was release within minutes after intraportal transplantation. The distribution of radioactivity without accumulation in the brain indicates that the activity is released from lysed islet cells in the form of [18F]FDG-6P rather than native [18F]FDG. The presented technique shows promise to become a powerful and quantitative tool, readily available in the clinic, to evaluate initial islet engraftment and survival.

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2007. Vol. 84, no 7, 893-898 p.
Keyword [en]
Imaging, Islets, PET scanning, Transplantation
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-14994DOI: 10.1097/01.tp.0000284730.86567.9fISI: 000250232600014PubMedID: 17984843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-14994DiVA: diva2:42765
Available from: 2008-06-05 Created: 2008-06-05 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Imaging Islets of Langerhans by Positron Emission Tomography: Quantification of Beta-Cell Mass in the Native Pancreas and the Islet Graft
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Imaging Islets of Langerhans by Positron Emission Tomography: Quantification of Beta-Cell Mass in the Native Pancreas and the Islet Graft
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Type 1 and 2 Diabetes Mellitus are a growing health problem throughout the world. There is an increasing  need for methodologies, which are both reliable and non-invasive to measure the amount of insulin-producing tissue (Beta-cell mass, or BCM), as well as rapidly quantify changes in the BCM due to the onset of disease, beta-cell replacement therapy, or other treatments.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive, quantitative functional imaging technique which can be used to study dynamical or static processes inside the body.

In this thesis, we present a study protocol for in vivo imaging of the most common form of beta- cell replacement therapy; islet transplantation. Islets were labeled with the PET tracer, 2-deoxy-2[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG), and administered intra-portally, while the recipient was monitored by PET/CT. The hepatic distribution of the islets was highly heterogeneous, and around 25% (human) or 50% (porcine) of the administered islets could not be found in the liver after completed transplantation, confirming previous reports of considerable cell injury during the procedure leading to low hepatic engraftment.

Native BCM in the pancreas can potentially be quantified using a PET tracer with sufficiently high specificity, but the major obstacle is the relative low amounts of insulin producing tissue (only 1-2% of the pancreatic volume). Two tetrabenazine analogues, [18F]FE-(+)-DTBZ and [18F]FE-(+)-DTBZ-d4, are ligands to VMAT2, which is expressed in islet tissue. Both analogues were investigated and characterized as potential BCM imaging agents both in vitro and in vivo.  Both tracers exhibited high preferential binding to islet tissue compared to exocrine pancreatic tissue. However, the specificity was not high enough to overcome the obscuring exocrine signal in vivo (7-10% of the signal originating from specific islet tracer uptake).

This thesis demonstrates that it is possible to quantitatively assess islet transplantation by PET imaging. In vivo determination of native pancreatic BCM is, in theory, possible with both [18F]FE-(+)-DTBZ and [18F]FE-(+)-DTBZ-d4, but tracer analogues with higher islet specificity is needed for quantification of smaller BCM changes with physiological impact.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2011. 67 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 635
Keyword
Positron Emission Tomography, [18F]FDG, dihydrotetrabenazine, Islet transplantation, IBMIR, beta-cell mass
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136372 (URN)978-91-554-7978-7 (ISBN)
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2011-02-04, Rosénsalen, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Ingång 95/96, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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