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Direct measurement of elemental distributions in insulin-producing cells using nuclear microscopy
Univ Oxford, Nucl Phys Lab, Spm Unit, Oxford,England..
1996 (English)In: Cellular and Molecular Biology, ISSN 0145-5680, Vol. 42, no 1, 49-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The nuclear microprobe was used to study elemental distributions in cultured insulin-producing cellsand in pancreatic tissue. To see whether insulin producing cells are polarized, the cells were stimulatedin the presence of Sr as a Ca analogue. The cells were stimulated to secrete insulin and Sr was detected in cells after momentary stimulation. We did not detect a polarized distribution of Sr in the RINm5F-cells. The distributions of Ca and Zn were affected when beta-cells (ob/ob) from a primary culture flattened out onto a substrate. In uprounded beta-cells (ob/ob) the distribution of Ca and Zn was polarized. Pancreatic tissue (ob/ob) was prepared for elemental analysis using freeze-substitution intetrahydrofurane (THF) followed by embedding in Araldite. The resulting samples can be sectioned at room temperature, easing physiological studies.

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1996. Vol. 42, no 1, 49-57 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-35322ISI: A1996UA90900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-35322DiVA: diva2:63222
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2014-01-28Bibliographically approved

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