Co-transplantation of Islets with Mesenychymal Stem Cells Improves Islet Revascularization and Reversal of Hyperglycemia

  • Aileen King
  • Chloe Rackham
Part of the Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells book series (STEM, volume 10)


Allogeneic islet transplantation offers the possibility to treat selected patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM). Limited availability of human pancreatic islets is a major obstacle to the more widespread use of islet transplantation as a therapy for the majority of patients with T1DM. This is exacerbated by extensive islet cell death during the early post transplantation period, which increases the number of islets required to achieve insulin independence. Additionally, suboptimal vascular engraftment contributes to the long term decline in graft function and survival. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) play a major role in tissue repair through localized immunosuppressive effects and the release of soluble trophic factors to affect neighboring cells, making them excellent candidates for improving the engraftment and survival of transplanted islets. MSC-based modulations to the islet transplantation procedure therefore have the potential to reduce the number of donor islets required for each transplant recipient, which is likely to help in overcoming the problems associated with human islet donor shortage.


Mesenchymal Stem Cell Beta Cell Human Islet Islet Transplantation Post Transplantation Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Diabetes Research Group, Division of Diabetes and Nutrition, School of MedicineKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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