Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 277, Issue 1, pp 115–121 | Cite as

Distribution of collagens type I, type III and type V in the pancreas of rat, dog, pig and man

  • J. H. M. Van Deijnen
  • P. T. R. Van Suylichem
  • G. H. J. Wolters
  • R. Van Schilfgaarde


The presence of collagens type I, type III and type V was determined immunohistochemically in pancreatic tissue of rat, pig, dog and man. The reaction to anti-collagen type I is weak (pig, dog) or moderate (rat, man) in the peri-insular region and in the lobar, lobular and acinar septa, whereas the reaction to anti-collagen type III is well developed. In rat and dog, the latter reaction deposit on the lobar and acinar septa is prominent. These elements only show a moderate reaction intensity in pig and man. The peri-insular region displays a weak (rat, dog, man) or very weak (pig) reaction against collagen type III. Anti-collagen type V reacts moderately (rat, dog, man) or weakly (pig) in the lobar and lobular septa. The acinar septa show a moderate (rat, dog, man) or very weak (pig) reaction. This information regarding the types and distribution of the collagenous compounds in pancreatic extracellular matrix could lead to differentiated enzymatic pancreas dissociation and, ultimately, increased islet yield and improved reproducibility of pancreatic islet isolation procedures for transplantation purposes.

Key words

Collagen type I Collagen type III Collagen type V Pancreas dissociation Islet isolation Dog Rat (Wistar) Pig Man 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. M. Van Deijnen
    • 1
  • P. T. R. Van Suylichem
    • 1
  • G. H. J. Wolters
    • 1
  • R. Van Schilfgaarde
    • 1
  1. 1.Surgical Research Laboratory, Department of SurgeryUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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