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  • 1.
    Asif, Sana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Ekdahl, Kristina N
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Linnæus Center of Biomaterials Chemistry, Linnæus University, SE-391 82 Kalmar, Sweden.
    Fromell, Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Gustafson, Elisabet
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Paediatric Surgery.
    Barbu, Andreea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Le Bland, Katarina
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institute, and Hematology and Regenerat ive Medicine Centre at Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, SE-141 86 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Teramura, Yuji
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan.
    Heparinization of cell surfaces with short pepetide-conjugated PEG-lipid regulates thromboinflammation in thransplantation of human MSCs and hepatocytes2016In: Acta Biomaterialia, ISSN 1742-7061, E-ISSN 1878-7568, Vol. 35, p. 194-205Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Infusion of therapeutic cells into humans is associated with immune responses, including thromboinflammation, which result in a large loss of transplanted cells\ To address these problems, heparinization of the cell surfaces was achieved by a cell-surface modification technique using polyethylene glycol conjugated phospholipid (PEG-lipid) derivatives. A short heparin-binding peptide was conjugated to the PEG-lipid for immobilization of heparin conjugates on the surface of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and human hepatocytes. Here three kinds of heparin-binding peptides were used for immobilizing heparin conjugates and examined for the antithrombogenic effects on the cell surface. The heparinized cells were incubated in human whole blood to evaluate their hemocompatibility by measuring blood parameters such as platelet count, coagulation markers, complement markers, and Factor Xa activity. We found that one of the heparin-binding peptides did not show cytotoxicity after the immobilization with heparin conjugates. The degree of binding of the heparin conjugates on the cell surface (analyzed by flow cytometer) depended on the ratio of the active peptide to control peptide. For both human MSCs and hepatocytes in whole-blood experiments, no platelet aggregation was seen in the heparin conjugate-immobilized cell group vs. the controls (non-coated cells or control peptide). Also, the levels of thrombin-antithrombin complex (TAT), C3a, and sC5b-9 were significantly lower than those of the controls, indicating a lower activation of coagulation and complement. Factor Xa analysis indicated that the heparin conjugate was still active on the cell surface at 24 h post-coating. It is possible to immobilize heparin conjugates onto hMSC and human hepatocyte surfaces and thereby protect the cell surfaces from damaging thromboinflammation. Statement of Signigficance We present a promising approach to enhance the biocompatibility of therapeutic cells. Here we used short peptide-conjugated PEG-lipid for cell surface modification and heparin conjugates for the coating of human hepatocytes and MSCs. We screened the short peptides to find higher affinity for heparinization of cell surface and performed hemocompatibility assay of heparinized human hepatocytes and human MSCs in human whole blood. Using heparin-binding peptide with higher affinity, not only coagulation activation but also complement activation was significantly suppressed. Thus, it was possible to protect human hepatocytes and human MSCs from the attack of thromboinflammatory activation, which can contribute to the improvement graft survival.

  • 2.
    Barbu, Andreea
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hamad, Osama A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Lind, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiovascular epidemiology.
    Ekdahl, Kristina Nilsson
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    The role of complement factor C3 in lipid metabolism2015In: Molecular Immunology, ISSN 0161-5890, E-ISSN 1872-9142, Vol. 67, no 1, p. 101-107Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abundant reports have shown that there is a strong relationship between C3 and C3a-desArg levels, adipose tissue, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The data indicate that complement components, particularly C3, are involved in lipid metabolism. The C3 fragment, C3a-desArg, functions as a hormone that has insulin-like effects and facilitates triglyceride metabolism. Adipose tissue produces and regulates the levels of complement components, which promotes generation of inflammatory initiators such as the anaphylatoxins C3a and C5a. The anaphylatoxins trigger a cyto/chemokine response in proportion to the amount of adipose tissue present, and induce inflammation and mediate metabolic effects such as insulin resistance. These observations support the concept that complement is an important participant in lipid metabolism and in obesity, contributing to the metabolic syndrome and to the low-grade inflammation associated with obesity.

  • 3.
    Barbu, Andreea
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Jansson, Leif
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Sandberg, Monica
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Quach, My
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Palm, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    The use of hydrogen gas clearance for blood flow measurements in single endogenous and transplanted pancreatic islets2015In: Microvascular Research, ISSN 0026-2862, E-ISSN 1095-9319, Vol. 97, p. 124-129Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The blood perfusion of pancreatic islets is regulated independently from that of the exocrine pancreas, and is of importance for multiple aspects of normal islet function, and probably also during impaired glucose tolerance. Single islet blood flow has been difficult to evaluate due to technical limitations. We therefore adapted a hydrogen gas washout technique using microelectrodes to allow such measurements. Platinum micro-electrodes monitored hydrogen gas clearance from individual endogenous and transplanted islets in the pancreas of male Lewis rats and in human and mouse islets implanted under the renal capsule of male athymic mice. Both in the rat endogenous pancreatic islets as well as in the intra-pancreatically transplanted islets, the vascular conductance and blood flow values displayed a highly heterogeneous distribution, varying by factors 6-10 within the same pancreas. The blood flow of human and mouse islet grafts transplanted in athymic mice was approximately 30% lower than that in the surrounding renal parenchyma. The present technique provides unique opportunities to study the islet vascular dysfunction seen after transplantation, but also allows for investigating the effects of genetic and environmental perturbations on islet blood flow at the single islet level in vivo. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  • 4.
    Barbu, Andreea
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Endocrine Tumor Biology.
    Johansson, Åsa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Bodin, Bbirgitta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Källskog, Örjan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Carlsson, Per-Ola
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.
    Sandberg, Monica
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Börjesson, Joey Lau
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Jansson, Leif
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Blood flow in endogenous and transplanted pancreatic islets in anesthetized rats: Effects of lactate and pyruvate2012In: Pancreas, ISSN 0885-3177, E-ISSN 1536-4828, Vol. 41, no 8, p. 1263-1271Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of exogenously administered lactate and pyruvate on blood perfusion in endogenous and transplanted islets. METHODS: Anesthetized Wistar-Furth rats were given lactate or pyruvate intravenously, and regional blood perfusion was studied 3 or 30 minutes later with a microsphere technique. Separate rats received a 30-minute infusion of pyruvate or lactate into the portal vein before blood flow measurements. We also administered these substances to islet-implanted rats 4 weeks after transplantation and measured graft blood flow with laser Doppler flowmetry. The expression of monocarboxylate transporter 1 and lactate dehydrogenase A was analyzed. RESULTS: The expression of monocarboxylate transporter 1 and lactate dehydrogenase A was markedly up-regulated in transplanted as compared with endogenous islets. Administration of pyruvate, but not lactate, increased mesenteric blood flow after 3 minutes. Pyruvate decreased mesenteric blood flow after 30 minutes, whereas lactate decreased only islet blood flow. These responses were absent in transplanted animals. A continuous intraportal infusion of lactate or pyruvate increased selectively islet blood flow but did not affect blood perfusion of transplanted islets. CONCLUSIONS: Lactate and pyruvate affect islet blood flow through effects mediated by interactions between the liver and the nervous system. Such a response can help adjust the release of islet hormones during excess substrate concentrations.

  • 5.
    Barbu, Andreea
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Lejonklou, Margareta H
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Endocrine Tumor Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Skogseid, Britt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Endocrine Tumor Biology.
    Progranulin Stimulates Proliferation of Mouse Pancreatic Islet Cells and Is Overexpressed in the Endocrine Pancreatic Tissue of an MEN1 Mouse Model2016In: Pancreas, ISSN 0885-3177, E-ISSN 1536-4828, Vol. 45, no 4, p. 533-540Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: Progranulin (PGRN) promotes cell growth and cell cycle progression in several cell types and contributes to tumorigenesis in diverse cancers. We have recently reported PGRN expression in islets and tumors developed in an MEN1 transgenic mouse. Here we sought to investigate PGRN expression and regulation after exposure to hypoxia as well as its effects on pancreatic islet cells and neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) in MEN1 mice.

    METHODS: Gene and protein expression were analyzed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry, and Western blot. We also investigated PGRN expression in samples from patients carrying pancreatic NETs associated or not with the multiple endocrine neoplasia 1 syndrome, using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunohistochemistry analysis.

    RESULTS: Progranulin is upregulated in tumors and islets of the MEN1 mouse as well as in the serum of patients with pancreatic NETs associated with glucagonoma syndrome. In normal mice islets and pancreatic tumors, PGRN expression was strongly potentiated by hypoxia. Progranulin promotes cell proliferation in islet cells and βTC-6 cells, a process paralleled by activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling cascade.

    CONCLUSIONS: Our findings identify PGRN as an effective inducer of pancreatic islet cell proliferation and a possible important factor for pancreatic endocrine tumor development.

  • 6.
    Barbu, Andreea
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Persdotter Hedlund, Gabriella
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.
    Lind, Jenny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Carlsson, Carina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Pref-1 and adipokine expression inadipose tissues of GK And Zucker rats2009In: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, ISSN 0303-7207, E-ISSN 1872-8057, Vol. 299, no 2, p. 163-171Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In view of the central role of preadipocyte factor-1, adiponectin and leptin in white adipose tissue function, the aim of the present study was to analyze the mRNA expression of these proteins and of the inflammatory markers interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α in visceral and subcutaneous fat pads of rats with different metabolic disorders.

    We demonstrated highly divergent expression of preadipocyte factor-1, upregulated expression of adiponectin, interleukin-6 and TNF-α mRNA in adipose tissues of the diabetic Goto Kakizaki rat compared to the obese Zucker rat. This was correlated to an increased number of large adipocytes and serum levels of adiponectin. Furthermore, in all four strains studied (as above plus Wistar Furth and Zucker Lean), significant heterogeneity was evident in adipokine expression within specific adipose tissues previously defined as belonging to the visceral or subcutaneous fat depots.

    These results suggest that significantly increased levels of inflammation and redistribution of adipocyte size are mechanisms contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes in the GK rat.

  • 7.
    Barbu, Andreea R
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Akusjärvi, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Welsh, Nils
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Adenoviral-mediated transduction of human pancreatic islets: importance of adenoviral genome for cell viability and association with a deficient antiviral response2005In: Endocrinology, ISSN 0013-7227, E-ISSN 1945-7170, Vol. 146, no 5, p. 2406-2414Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As adenoviral vectors are extensively used for genetic manipulation of insulin-producing cells in vitro, there is an increasing need to evaluate their effects on the function, morphology, and viability of transduced pancreatic islets. In the present study we observed that specific adenoviral genotypes, carrying E4 and E1/E3 deletions, correlate with differential induction of necrosis in pancreatic islet cells. In particular, the adenovirus death protein encoded from the E3 region of the adenoviral genome was able to modulate the changes induced in the morphology and viability of the transduced cells. We also propose a putative role for the transcriptional regulator pIX. Although human islet cells showed an increased resistance in terms of viral concentrations required for the induction of cell toxicity, our results showed that they were unable to build up an efficient antiviral response after transduction and that their survival was dependent on the exogenous addition of alpha-interferon. An intact and fully functional beta-cell is crucial for the successful application of gene therapy approaches in type 1 diabetes, and therefore, the implications of our findings need to be considered when designing vectors for gene transfer into pancreatic beta-cells.

  • 8.
    Barbu, Andreea R.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Bodin, Birgitta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Welsh, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Jansson, Leif
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Welsh, Nils
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    A perfusion protocol for highly efficient transduction of intact pancreatic islets of Langerhans2006In: Diabetologia, ISSN 0012-186X, E-ISSN 1432-0428, Vol. 49, no 10, p. 2388-2391Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Successful gene transfer to pancreatic islets might be a powerful tool for dissecting the biological pathways involved in the functional impairment and destruction of beta cells in type 1 diabetes. In the long run, such an approach may also prove useful for promoting islet graft survival after transplantation in diabetic patients. However, efficient genetic modification of primary insulin-producing cells is limited by the specific compact structure of the pancreatic islet. We present here a whole-pancreas perfusion-based transduction procedure for genetic modification of intact pancreatic islets.

    We used flow cytometry analysis and confocal microscopy to evaluate the efficiency of in vitro and perfusion-based transduction protocols that use adenoviral and lentiviral vectors expressing green fluorescent protein. Islet cell viability was assessed by fluorescence microscopy and beta cell function was determined via glucose-stimulated insulin secretion.

    In intact rat and human pancreatic islets, adenoviral and lentiviral vectors mediated gene transfer to about 30% of cells, but they did not reach the inner cellular mass within the islet core. Using the whole-pancreas perfusion protocol, we demonstrate that at least in rodent models the centrally located insulin-producing cells can be transduced with high efficiency, while preserving the structural integrity of the islet. Moreover, islet cell viability and function are not impaired by this procedure.

    These results support the view that perfusion-based transduction protocols may significantly improve the yield of successfully engineered primary insulin-producing cells for diabetes research.

  • 9.
    Barbu, Andreea
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Welsh, Nils
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    The use of tetrazolium salt-based methods for determination of islet cell viability in response to cytokines: a cautionary note.2004In: Diabetologia, no 47, p. 2042-2043Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Chu, Xia
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Endocrine Tumor Biology.
    Gao, Xiang
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Jansson, Leif
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Quach, My
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Skogseid, Britt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Endocrine Tumor Biology.
    Barbu, Andreea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Endocrine Tumor Biology.
    Multiple Microvascular Alterations in Pancreatic Islets and Neuroendocrine Tumors of a Men1 Mouse Model2013In: American Journal of Pathology, ISSN 0002-9440, E-ISSN 1525-2191, Vol. 182, no 6, p. 2355-2367Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Vascular therapeutic targeting requires thorough evaluation of the mechanisms activated in the specific context of each particular tumor type. We highlight structural, molecular, and functional microvascular aberrations contributing to development and maintenance of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), with special reference to multiple endocrine neoplasia 1 (MEN1) syndrome, using a Men1 mouse model. Tissue samples were analyzed by immunofluorescence to detect vessel density and pericyte distribution within the endocrine pancreas; expression of angiogenic factors was assessed by immunohistochemistry and quantitative real-time PCR in isolated islets and adenomas cultured under normoxic or hypoxic conditions. The increased vascular density of pancreatic NETs developed in Men1 mice was paralleled by an early and extensive redistribution of pericytes within endocrine tissue. These morphological alterations are supported by, and in some cases preceded by, fine-tuned variations in expression of several angiogenic regulators and are further potentiated by hypoxia. By combining two novel ex vivo and in vivo single-islet and tumor perfusion techniques, we demonstrated that both vascular reactivity and blood perfusion of tumor arterioles are significantly altered in response to glucose and L-nitro-arginine methyl ester. Our findings unravel multiple potential molecular and physiological targets differentially activated in the endocrine pancreas of Men1 mice and highlight the need for in-depth functional studies to fully understand the contribution of each component to development of pancreatic NETs in MEN1 syndrome.

  • 11.
    Gustafson, Elisabet K.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Pediatric Surgery.
    Hamad, Osama A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Deckmyn, Hans
    Katholieke Univ Leuven, IRF Life Sci, Lab Thrombosis Res, Campus Kulak Kortrijk, Kortrijk, Belgium.
    Barbu, Andreea R
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Ekdahl, Kristina N.
    Linnaeus Univ, Linnaeus Ctr Biomaterials Chem, Kalmar, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. Uppsala Univ, Dept Immunol Genet & Pathol, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Exposure of von Willebrand Factor on Isolated Hepatocytes Promotes Tethering of Platelets to the Cell Surface2019In: Transplantation, ISSN 0041-1337, E-ISSN 1534-6080, Vol. 103, no 8, p. 1630-1638Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. Hepatocyte transplantation (Hctx) is a potentially attractive method for the treatment of acute liver failure and liver-based metabolic disorders. Unfortunately, the procedure is hampered by the instant blood-mediated inflammatory reaction (IBMIR), a thromboinflammatory response elicited by the vascular innate immune system, causing activation of the coagulation and complement systems and clearance of transplanted cells. Observations have also revealed platelets adhered to the surface of the hepatocytes (Hc). To establish Hctx as a clinical treatment, all factors that trigger IBMIR need to be identified and controlled. This work explores the expression of von Willebrand factor (VWF) on isolated Hc resulting in tethering of platelets. Methods. VWF on Hc was studied by flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, immunoblot, and real-time polymerase chain reaction. Interaction between Hc and platelets was studied in a Chandler loop model. Adhesion of platelets to the hepatocyte surface was demonstrated by flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Results. Isolated Hc constitutively express VWF on their cell surface and mRNA for VWF was found in the cells. Hc and platelets, independently of coagulation formed complexes, were shown by antibody blocking studies to be dependent on hepatocyte-associated VWF and platelet-bound glycoprotein Ib alpha. Conclusions. VWF on isolated Hc causes, in contact with blood, adhesion of platelets, which thereby forms an ideal surface for coagulation. This phenomenon needs to be considered in hepatocyte-based reconstitution therapy and possibly even in other settings of cell transplantation.

  • 12.
    Jansson, Leif
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Barbu, Andreea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Bodin, Birgitta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Drott, Carl Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Espes, Daniel
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Gao, Xiang
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Grapensparr, Liza
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Kallskog, Örjan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Lau, Joey Börjesson
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical diabetology and metabolism.
    Liljebäck, Hanna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Palm, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Quach, My
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Sandberg, Monica
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Strömberg, Victoria
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Ullsten, Sara
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Carlsson, Per-Ola
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Transplantation and regenerative medicine.
    Pancreatic islet blood flow and its measurement2016In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 121, no 2, p. 81-95Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pancreatic islets are richly vascularized, and islet blood vessels are uniquely adapted to maintain and support the internal milieu of the islets favoring normal endocrine function. Islet blood flow is normally very high compared with that to the exocrine pancreas and is autonomously regulated through complex interactions between the nervous system, metabolites from insulin secreting beta-cells, endothelium derived mediators, and hormones. The islet blood flow is normally coupled to the needs for insulin release and is usually disturbed during glucose intolerance and overt diabetes. The present review provides a brief background on islet vascular function and especially focuses on available techniques to measure islet blood perfusion. The gold standard for islet blood flow measurements in experimental animals is the microsphere technique, and its advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. In humans there are still no methods to measure islet blood flow selectively, but new developments in radiological techniques hold great hopes for the future.

  • 13.
    Lejonklou, Margareta H
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Barbu, Andreea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Stålberg, Peter
    Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
    Skogseid, Britt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Accelerated Proliferation and Differential Global Gene Expression in Pancreatic Islets of Five-Week-Old Heterozygous Men1 Mice: Men1 Is a Haploinsufficient Suppressor2012In: Endocrinology, ISSN 0013-7227, E-ISSN 1945-7170, Vol. 153, no 6, p. 2588-2598Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Individuals carrying heterozygous (hz) MEN1 (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome Type 1) germ line mutations develop endocrine tumors as a result of somatic loss of the wild-type (wt) allele. However, endocrine cell proliferation has been observed despite wt allele retention, indicating haploinsufficiency. To study downstream molecular effects of the hz haplotype, a germ line Men1 hz mouse model was used to explore differences in global endocrine pancreatic gene expression. Because islet cells of 5-wk-old hz mice express Menin from the retained wt Men1 allele, these were isolated after collagenase digestion of the pancreas, and used for global gene expression array. Wild-type littermates were used for comparison. Array findings were corroborated by quantitative PCR, Western blotting, in situ proximity ligation assay, and immunohistochemistry. The hz islets show increased proliferation: the Ki-67 index was twice as high as in wt islets (3.48 vs. 1.74%; P = 0.024). The microarray results demonstrated that several genes were differentially expressed. Some selected genes were studied on the protein level, e.g. the cytoskeletal regulator myristoylated alanine-rich protein kinase C substrate (Marcks) was significantly less expressed in hz islets, using in situ proximity ligation assay and Western blotting (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01, respectively). Further, gene ontology analysis showed that genes with higher mRNA expression in the hz endocrine pancreas were associated with e.g. chromatin maintenance and apoptosis. Lower mRNA was observed for genes involved in growth factor binding. In conclusion, despite retained Menin expression, proliferation was accelerated, and numerous genes were differentially expressed in the endocrine pancreas of 5-wk-old hz Men1 mice, corroborating the hypothesis that MEN1 is a haploinsufficient suppressor.

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    Zang, Guangxiang
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Sandberg, Monica
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Carlsson, Per-Ola
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Transplantation and regenerative medicine.
    Welsh, Nils
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Jansson, Leif
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Barbu, Andreea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Activated pancreatic stellate cells can impair pancreatic islet function in mice2015In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 120, no 3, p. 169-180Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. Pancreatic or islet fibrosis is often associated with activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs). PSCs are considered not only to promote fibrosis, but also to be associated with glucose intolerance in some diseases. We therefore evaluated morphological and functional relationships between islets and PSCs in the normal mouse pancreas and transplanted islets. Methods. Immunohistochemistry was used to map the presence of PSCs in the normal mouse pancreas and islets implanted under the renal capsule. We isolated and cultured mouse PSCs and characterized them morphologically by immunofluorescence staining. Furthermore, we measured their cytokine production and determined their effects on insulin release from simultaneously cultured islets. Results. PSCs were scattered throughout the pancreas, with occasional cells within the islets, particularly in the islet capsule. In islet transplants they were found mainly in the graft periphery. Cultured PSCs became functionally activated and produced several cytokines. Throughout the culture period they linearly increased their production of interleukin-6 and mammalian keratinocyte-derived chemokine. PSC cytokine production was not affected by acute hyperglycemia. Syngeneic islets cocultured with PSCs for 24-48 h increased their insulin release and lowered their insulin content. However, short-term insulin release in batch-type incubations was unaffected after 48 h of co-culture. Increased islet cell caspase-3 activation and a decreased islet cell replication were consistently observed after co-culture for 2 or 7 days. Conclusion. Activated PSCs may contribute to impaired islet endocrine function seen in exocrine pancreatitis and in islet fibrosis associated with some cases of type 2 diabetes.

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