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Cytotechnology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 75-78

Optimizing Conditions for Rat Pancreatic Islets Isolation

  • Mahsa M. AmoliAffiliated withEndocrinology & Metabolism Research Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Shariati Hospital Email author 
  • , Roohollah MoosavizadehAffiliated withEndocrinology & Metabolism Research Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Shariati Hospital
  • , Bagher LarijaniAffiliated withEndocrinology & Metabolism Research Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Shariati Hospital

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Abstract

Many procedures have been described for rat pancreatic islet isolation. Several factors contribute to the pancreatic islet isolation outcome. One of the main problems in islet isolation procedure is the formation of a viscouse, gellike structure during collagenase digestion which entraps the free islets and decrease islet yield after density gradient purification. This issue has not been addressed in most techniques described for rat islet isolation. We examined effect of various factors to eliminate formation of gellike material and improve the islets yields. Islet isolation was performed on 26 adult male Wistar Albino rats weighing between 280 and 350 g. We have observed that several factors affect pancreatic islet isolation. Optimum Collagenase enzyme concentration, maintaining pH range between 7.7 and 7.9 in digestion solution, incubation temperature at 38±1 °C and addition of Calcium ion decreased the formation of gellike materials and increased islet yield. Addition of Glycerol as a gelatin solvent has also been helpful in the reduction or complete elimination of gellike material. Precise optimization of rat islet isolation procedure is useful to improve the islet yield in islet transplantation studies.

Keywords

Isolation Pancreatic islet Rat