Clinical Islet Isolation

  • Wayne J. Hawthorne
  • Lindy Williams
  • Yi Vee Chew
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 938)


The overarching success of islet transplantation relies on the success in the laboratory to isolate the islets. This chapter focuses on the processes of human islet cell isolation and the ways to optimally provide islet cells for transplantation. The major improvements in regards to the choice of enzyme type, way the digested pancreas tissue is handled to best separate islets from the acinar and surrounding tissues, the various methods of purification of the islets, their subsequent culture and quality assurance to improve outcomes to culminate in safe and effective islet transplantation will be discussed. After decades of improvements, islet cell isolation and transplantation now clearly offer a safe, effective and feasible therapeutic treatment option for an increasing number of patients suffering from type 1 diabetes specifically for those with severe hypoglycaemic unawareness.


Diabetes Insulin Islet Islet cell Islet cell allotransplantation Islet cell autotransplantation Islet cell isolation Islet equivalent (IEQ) Type 1 diabetes (T1D) 



Body mass index


Bovine spongiform encephalopathy


Connaught medical research laboratories


Islet cell isolation


Islet equivalent islet equivalents per gram


Mixed treatment comparison


Type 1 diabetes


University of Wisconsin solution


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne J. Hawthorne
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lindy Williams
    • 1
  • Yi Vee Chew
    • 1
  1. 1.National Pancreas and Islet Transplant LaboratoriesThe Westmead Institute for Medical ResearchWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Westmead Clinical School, Westmead HospitalUniversity of SydneyWestmeadAustralia

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